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Blog created by: Alex Zelin, Stephanie Lichiello, Christy Tyrrell, and Taylor Warner

Mental illness is a broad term that refers to all mental disorders that are diagnosable. This includes disorders defined by changes in thinking, mood, or behavior (USDHHS, 1999). Our website will show the development of the treatment of the mentally ill and how beliefs about mental illnesses have changed over history. We will focus on 8 major time periods: the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, Greeks and Romans, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, 19th Century, 20th Century, and our views today in the 21st Century. We will attempt to show the progression of treatment throughout each of these time periods. Not only has our society seen a shift from less humane to more humane treatment of the mentally ill, there has been an increase in the rights and freedoms for these individuals and an overall better standard of living.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institute of Mental Health.

 

8 Responses to Home

  1. Jessica says:

    I love this blog and also am looking to use it as a reference, please give us the date!

  2. Harvey Hyman says:

    Great website. Thank you so much for posting accurate information about so many important topics in the field of mental health care.

  3. Josh G says:

    This website is a great asset to anyone studying the history of mental disorders and their treatment. Thank you so much for keeping it running!
    If you get the time, can you please go back and edit the posts to include authors and dates, as accurately as you can remember? It would help everyone who is citing your website. Thank you!

  4. Brooke Tilley says:

    I have really enjoyed this blog, I found it very interesting and has given me some useful information; on the treatment of mental illnesses and society’s stigma, however I would like to make sure the right credit is given within my referencing. Could you please tell me the year that this website was published?

  5. Mitt says:

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  6. rose says:

    Your information has been very useful for my presentation on Abnormal Psychology. Thank you very much.

  7. Tanya says:

    I’m a junior in college taking an Additive Disease Concept class. For my finial I have decided to do a paper on Deinstitutionalization and psycotropic drugs. I would love to use some information I have found on this page, and I want to make sure I correctly and properly give credit. How would I set up my citation? It has to be APA format.

  8. Ashley Shedd says:

    I love this blog! Thank you for supplying such a wealth of information.

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