A society in which there are no social classes and that we are all free and equal
Individuals of that free society. The other is that those same individuals, in that same
free and equal society, all have the same opportunities of realizing their inborn talents
just as equally. To suggest otherwise means to go against this belief and can cause
antagonistic reactions from the people of this so called "free and equal" state.
Even if all Americans will deny there are any social classes within the United
States, it is a reality that all come to know and understand there is such a thing as
mental illness. However, there is still a social stigma added to those who suffer
from any form of mental illness, as well as those who treat them, within American
culture. Such names as "nutcase" for those who suffer from mental illness or
"loony bin" for the institutions that hold them, as well as "head shrink" for those
who help them are all common terms in society when discussing mental illness.
Despite the denial of social class and the blatant dismissal of mental illness within
our society, most Americans are shocked to find that social class within our
society does indeed change the way Americans are supplied medical help.
Denying the reality and substituting a fantasy does nothing to change the fact
that the lower classes of American society are impacted by their social standing in
regards to how they are treated within the medical community. The idea that social
"classing" in our society has any bearing on the diagnosing or treatment of mental
health issues, especially of the sick, go against our cherished beliefs. Physicians
and psychiatrists have a deeply engrained social philosophy that is sensitive to
such statements and yet, because of this way of thinking, a strong resistance to
social class and how the members of each...