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Summarise and discuss the presentation of mental health in the two newspaper articles given in Appendix 1

The mental conditions that obstructed with our thinking, feelings, moods, and our ability to associate with other people or carry out our daily functions are referred to as mental illness. It has no regards for race, age, religion and is not a result of weakness or lack of character or our upbringing. (Pilgrim, 2010).

In this essay, I will summarise and discuss the two newspaper articles on mental health in the assignment booklet 2011e. (Open University 2010), as well as discuss the problems relating to diagnosing mental illness, the gain and losses of using medication, the role drugs play in the bio psychosocial treatment and discuss other type of treatment that relates to mental health.

We all live in a society where we all suffer from some kind of mental illnesses; some of the most common illnesses are depression, anxiety and stress. According to the (Metro 2010), mental health problems are becoming a major concerned, this was highlighted in a study of 2,000 people that shows that 69% of the candidate who admitted to be suffering mental illness isolated themselves instead of facing up to the problem.

The Guardian (2010), that stated that there is an increase in the number of people taking anti-depressant drugs, which is due partly to the amount of people accepting that they are suffering from mental illness such as depression, anxiety and stress that can be the result of the loss of jobs and finances, death, not having somewhere to live, being bullied at school and in the workplace, the lack of qualification, education and not being able to get or hold down a job.

However, there is a difference in the opinion in regards to the causes of the increase in the number of people suffering from mental illness. For example, researchers from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-1V) claimed, that the increase in mental health is flawed since some of the diagnosis for depression was based on depressive moods, the loss of appetite and fatigue that lasted for only a short time. The researchers claimed that the mental health professionals failed to show the difference between irregular reactions and normal sadness caused from external circumstances, (Pilgrim, 2010). Other reasons why the report on the increase in the number of people suffering from mental illness could be incorrect, is because people do not always admits to the truth about their conditions or not knowing that their condition is not normal. For example, Stephen Fry believed that his feeling of suicidal thought was normal and Trisha Goddard believed that her behaviour was normal (Audio 1), the stigma that is attached to mental illnesses can also have an impact on the report.

Stigma can be very harmful to people suffering from mental illness. It causes them to feel fear, rejection, find it difficult to make and keep friends, getting loans, health insurance adequate housing and jobs. This result with them having a low-esteem of themselves and result with some people not seeking help, so they cannot be correctly diagnosed. Overall, stigma prevents people suffering from mental illnesses to live a comfortable and productive life, because of the way that society judge and sees them also from being properly diagnosed.

According to Stephen Fry, (2010) Audio 2, getting diagnosed is a good thing, because only then will the person know the type of illness he/she is suffering from and can get the correct treatment, which can take the form of counselling, psychotherapy and a combination of drugs depending on their illness, the severity of their illness and their situation. It is not easy for the mental health professionals to recognise the symptoms of a patient at a glance and some patients have difficulties in explaining their symptoms which makes it difficult to measure their illness, also people suffering from...
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