Mental Illness and the Nature of the Vulnerability

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Mental Illness and the Nature of the Vulnerability Shay Ventura American Sentinel University Mental Illness and the Nature of the Vulnerability There are several conditions that are accepted as mental illnesses. Anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, addictive disorders, and personality disorders are just a few. Life experiences and extreme stressors such as the loss of a job, history of abuse, terrifying events, and even the death of a loved one can trigger a mental illness. Family history, genetics, and family history may play a role. Other factors such as traumatic brain injury, biological issues, and exposure to chemicals or viruses can contribute to mental disorders as well. Individuals suffering from mental illnesses are often shunned or ignored by the rest of society. State and national statistics are revealing indicators of the impact of mental illness on our population. For this reason, the needs of the mentally ill are specifically addressed by Healthy People 2020. As nurses we are obligated to help treat this population. Nurses provide direct care for the mentally ill and have a major role in the treatment and support of this vulnerable population. Mental Illness Throughout history, psychiatric conditions have been associated with witchcraft, supernatural forces, sin, demons, and social disruption (Romem, Anson, Kanat-Maymon, & Moisa, 2008). Due to these past beliefs, a negative attitudes and stigmas have been associated with mental illnesses. These individuals are often ridiculed, segregated, and discriminated against. “Some believe that psychological conditions are not as important as physiological conditions or that they are non-biological therefore treatment is ineffective” (Roman et al, 2008). If mental disorders are not properly diagnosed and treated, mental illnesses

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