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Our first source is entitled " A history of treatment for mental illness," written by The Washington Post. The article states basic details on the history of the illness and how it was treated. It also shows the evolution of the treatment over a 100-year period of time. We believe that the article accurately explains the inhumanity of the manner in which patients were treated.

Our second source is entitled "A Solution That Now Looks Crazy," published by The New York Times. It explains how a group of psychiatrists helped to form the National Institute of Mental Health. They closed all state mental hospitals and let all the patients out into the world and promising to give them treatment via a network of mental health centers spread across the country. This accomplishment was even spoken by President Kennedy in the form of a speech. At the time, this seemed like an amazing feat, but it proved to be ineffective when treatment failed to get to most patients. This article shows how ineffective the treatment was in the 1960's.

Our third article is entitled "Backbone of mental illness stigma common in 16 countries studied," published by Mental Health Weekly Digest. It explains how their was a common prejudice against mentally ill people in all 16 countries studied. Even if the illness was something small like depression, normal people thought ill people would have a harder time with things like employment, medical care, housing, and social relationships. The article shows how the history of ineffective treatment put particular prejudices in the minds of the people of today.


Q: What if previous patients did recover?

A: There is evidence that the treatment is ineffective and few were cured if they were lucky.

Q: The new system of the 60's could have worked.

A: The patients would have not only have to recieve treatment outside the hospitals, but they would also have to adapt to the world around them.

Q: Most people have no positive or negative opinions about the mentally ill.

A: There is a 16-country study showing that those who do have opinions have negative opinions.