Essay on The Abuse And Mental Health Care System

2245 Words Dec 4th, 2014 9 Pages
Many of the violent events that have occurred in our nation’s recent history have a common theme; the offenders have a history of mental illness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration reported that in 2012 approximately 43.7 million (18.6%) American adults had a diagnosable mental illness in the previous year with 9.6 million (4.1%) considered to be serious mental illnesses.1
Many people who experience mental illness will never hurt others but will consider or commit suicide, a leading cause of death in the US. Many others will be tortured by their illness throughout their lives. Often, friends, family members and professionals can look back over affected peoples’ struggles with their illness and point to missed chances for psychiatric care that could have saved the lives of victims of violence, suicide or negative life outcomes. The shortcomings of our mental health care system are usually sited.
I have a very personal interest in psychology and mental health. It was spurred by watching my older half-brother suffer with bi-polar disorder. He was a very vivacious, fun-loving, athletic and handsome young man. He spent a lot of time with his family and had long relationships with childhood friends. My brother went to college and between the stresses of courses, the effects of partying, a medical event with his mother and a family history of bi-polar, his mental illness emerged.
My family, and most notably my father, took on the difficult task of…

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