Kathleen Stone Jordan

Argumentative Essay

Thesis:

Reforms in law and increased public awareness has lead to mentally ill people being treated with more respect and understanding.

~A history of treatment for mental illness~

The Washington Post 6/28/14 National Institutes of Health


This article mainly focuses on how the treatment of mental health patients has changed over the years. It starts in the 19th century and ends in the final moments of the 20th century, each paragraph talking about the treatment of psychic patients. As time goes by mentally ill patients are steadily treated fairer and more humane. Before, “legal standard requires only the presence of mental illness and doctors recommendations for treatment to prove that psychiatric hospitalization is necessary.” In 1975 the Supreme Court ruled, “that the state cannot confine a ‘non-dangerous individual’ who is capable of surviving in freedom alone or with the help of others.” That is a big change. Now the mentally ill can live on their own and continue with their lives normally if that is what they choice to do, a choice they did not have in the 19th century.

~Postpartum depression: 1 mom's mission becomes a movement~

This article tells the story of a mother, Katherine Stone, with postpartum depression who uses her experiences to raise awareness and funding for research. Stone explains how she felt after her first child was born and how she went to a therapist for answers as to why she felt this way. Once she felt like herself again Stone decided to write a blog to educate other women going through the something. This blog grew into a nonprofit organization and annual event. Because of everything Stone has accomplished people can have a better understanding of women with postpartum depression and the money her event raised will help fund better treatments for women with the disease.

~Girl Scouts engage in the fight against mental illness stigma with mental health awareness patch~

The facial point of this article is the Girl Scouts spreading awareness through their Mental Health Awareness Patch. Over 500 girl scouts have earned this patch. About 1 in 4 people in the United State have been diagnosed with a mental illness so it is important to be mindful. At some point mental illness will have some sort of effect on your life wither it be,” a classmate with ADHD, or aunt with bipolar disorder or a father with depression.” This is what makes spreading awareness so very important. The girl scouts understand this and their effort will make it easier to recognize and deal with mental health.

~Arguments~

~Changing a law does not change a persons opinion on mental health~

The laws are there to insure the rights of mentally ill patients are withheld. The education and awareness is what gives people another perspective on mental health.

~the mentally ill are not even treated well~

the mentally ill have the right to an attorney and trial before psychiatric admission, helpful websites like Mrs. Stone's blog, and programs like the girl scouts advocating for them. This is a large step in the right direction compaired to the 19th century where a doctor's recommendation could put you in an asylum.

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