The Treatment of the Mentally Ill

By: Maya and Krystalia


After years of abuse, deinstitutionalization, and a lack of civil rights, it is time to develop an awareness of mentally ill patients' hardships.

A History of Treatment for Mental Illness

Author: N/A

Where it is from: The Washington Post

Article's position

This article is explaining how different centuries treated the mentally ill.

  • Patients were forced to comply with therapies that were crude and ineffective.
  • Legal protection for patients were so horrific that former patients demanded civil rights.
  • Deinstitutionalization begins in the mid-20th century
  • State commitment standards begin to reflect greater appreciation for patients' civil rights.


The facts from the article explains how the mentally ill were treated throughout the years. For example, by the later 20th century, the Supreme Court reinforced the charges, giving patients their civil rights.

A Solution That Now Looks Crazy

Author: Richard A. Friedman, M.D.

Where it is from: The New York Times Company

Article's position

The article shows how the federal government tried to take control of the Mental Illness Treatment System, but made things worse.

  • People disagree with Dr. Torrey's advice about focusing our resources on the estimated 10% of patients who were repeatedly hospitalized, imprisoned, or made homeless.
  • Many of the deinstitutionalized patients ended up in jails, prisons, nursing homes, and homeless, on the streets.
  • Slightly more than half a million psychiatric patients reside in overcrowded and underfunded mental hospitals.


The facts from the article explain how the government and higher class ruin the way we look at the mentally ill. It shows the downside of the mental illness and how they were treated from having this serious disease. Some doctors try to help the mentally ill ,but the negative overweighted the positive.

Postpartum Depression: One Mom's mission becomes a Movement

Author: Kelly Wallace

Where it is from: CNN newsource Sales, Inc.

Article's position

This article's position is how a mother saved herself from the postpartum depression and how she is now trying to save many more lives who are dealing with the disease.

  • Katherine, the mother, reached out for help about a month after the diagnose, not because she thought she could get better, but she wanted the pain to go away.
  • One in seven women in the United States, or nearly 15% of new moms, is believed to suffer from some form of mental illness.
  • To help raise money for the nonprofit, the first annual "Climb Out of the Darkness", which is held on the first day of summer.


This article best represents our thesis because the mother, Katherine, made an awareness to help women suffering from postpartum depression. The event helps raise money and let the previous patients have a fresh start again.



  1. The patients were treated well.
  2. There is already awareness of this subject.
  3. Even if awareness is raised, it would take a long time before something were to change.


  1. Patients resided in overcrowded and underfunded mental hospitals and were forced into crude and ineffective therapies.
  2. There can always be more awareness, so we are able to help the mentally ill more than we do now.
  3. As long as we raise awareness and others know about the problems of the mentally ill, there will be a better chance of getting something to change.