Deinstitutionalization Essay

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Psychology 101 9:00 AM Deinstitutionalization Deinstitutionalization is the release of mental patients from mental hospitals and their return to the community to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. An example of deinstitutionalization is a patient suffering from hallucinations and delusions are given chlorpromazine that reduces those symptoms therefore they release that patient from the hospital back into the community. I do not agree with deinstitutionalization, although the number of mental patients have decreased the actual patients are not being treated completely, and they are placed into terrible situations. A study has been shown that 20%-80% of homeless people have some degree of mental problems. This causes a problem because once these patients are released they are not able to obtain a job and then they later become homeless. Also, homeless people do not have insurance so it would not be possible for these ex-patients to receive their needed medication in order to remain sane. Although there are halfway houses but most of them are not well kept and in the process of them de-crowding the mental hospitals they are forcing overcrowding in the halfway houses. This is why I believe patients should be kept in the mental hospitals until they are completely treated or at the point where they can control themselves and live a normal life. Work Cited Deinstitutionalization. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/deinstitutionalization/ Plotnik, R., & Kouyoumdjian, H. (2014). Therapies. In Psychology 101: General Psychology 1 (10th ed., Vol. 1, p. 557). CENGAGE
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