Society's View Of Mental IllnessPaper Rating: Word Count: 1632 Approx Pages: 7
Society's View On Mental Illness
Dictionary.com defines "Mental Illness as: "Any of various conditions characterized by impairment of an individual's normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioural functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, such as infection or head trauma. This definition seems normal enough, seems scientific; but if it is so scientific, if it is common to have a mental illness, then why does society have an "ostrich in the sand view on mental illness? In other words, society is uncomfortable talking about or accepting mental illness. People constantly turn the other way or refuse to learn about or get to know a person if they have a mental disorder.
First of all, we must ask ourselves: What is crazy? Cuomo and Ronacher (1998) say that people are called mentally healthy when they like their behaviour and that people are considered mentally unhealthy if their behaviour is "unacceptable or if they don't like the way that the person acts. Both the common person and psychiatrists judge or diagnose mental illness this way. Macdonald (2003) says that most of the time with mental illness, there is no medic