Future trends in Mental Health Care
By: Travis Sherman
The current state of mental health care, like any health care, varies state to state. What mental health care currently has in common with normal medical care is the fact that the majority of the current resources go to acute treatment of illnesses (Radnofsky, 2013) and there is a need to shift focus and resources to prevention. Like medical illnesses, there are many mental illnesses that are hereditary and cannot be prevented, and there are many illnesses that are environmental and can be prevented at times through healthy living. The primary mental illnesses that people are born with are the variety of forms of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. These illnesses are currently treatable with medication and when properly treated, people with mental illness can have a higher quality of life without the need for multiple hospitalizations. The current problem with these illnesses is that they are frequently not properly treated. Denial and lack of insight are prominent in mental illness and most people with these illnesses have multiple relapses throughout their lives, usually requiring a hospitalization to stabilize them on their medication. These hospitalizations can be frequent, lengthy and expensive. I believe that in the near future, as policy makers become more educated and notice these trends, there will be a major push to provide the necessary resources in the community to help minimize the need for Psychiatric hospitalizations. Community mental health centers currently do the majority of the work to keep the people with severe and persistent mental illness in the community as much as possible and out of the hospitals, but these community mental health centers are understaffed and underfunded, lacking proper resources to perform their task as efficiently as possible. In the recent years, there has been increase in violent crimes committed by mentally ill. Many...
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