Argumentative Writing Project

(Essay)

Thesis

Increasing care and changing patient treatment plans would greatly improve the health of mentally ill patients.

Sources

"Postpartum depression: One mom's mission becomes a movement"

From: CNN Wire, July 8, 2014

Arthur: Kelly Wallace

"A Solution That Now Looks Crazy"

From: The New York Times, January 14, 2014

Arthur: Richard A. Freidman

"IU study: 'Backbone' of mental illness stigma common in 16 countries studied"

Position

From: Mental Health Weekly Digest, April 22, 2013

Arthur: News Reporter

Articles

The position for the following articles are:

"A Solution That Now Looks Crazy"

Position: Whether or not federal government should increase the number of psychiatric hospitals.

Support: "Its true that effective treatment for mental illness would probably decrease violence in the community. But because only 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness, even giving all of them the best psychiatric treatment would have a very small effect on violence over all."

Analysis: This fact supports my thesis because it indicates that effective treatment for mentally ill people would decrease violence in the community.

"Postpartum depression: One mom's mission becomes a movement"

Position: Katherine Stone has overcome postpartum depression and wants to make a change in helping other women by running programs.

Support: "When I realize that what we're doing is not only raising awareness but facilitating people into treatment, that we are convincing them that it's okay to call and ask for help."

Analysis: This fact supports my thesis because it explains how treatment is necessary for those that need it and that help is available.

"IU study: 'Backbone' of mental illness stigma common in 16 countries studied"

Position: "Indiana University sociologists want to develop organizations that can create personal and institutional social change. "

Support: "If the public understands that mental illnesses are medical problems but still reject individuals with mental illness, then educational campaigns directed toward ensuring inclusion become more salient."

Analysis: This fact supports my thesis because it shows that if mentally Ill patients do not take advantage of treatment, educational programs would still be there to help.

Acknowledge the opposition

Unknown Person: I don't care about this Illness because it doesn't pertain to me and I dislike what you guys are doing.

My Response: Well, It's not about what you think or how you feel because if that was you, you would want the same help or treatment as well.


Unknown Person: This would never happen to me.

My Response: Even if this did happen to you, would you want help?


Unknown Person: You can snap out of it, everyone feels this way sometimes.

Response: No, you can not just snap out of it because it is more severe than that. People need special treatment that would be effective towards their health.

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