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The History of Mental Illness & Treatment

Such a broad and global topic and more relevant today then any other time. The focus of the power point is the history of mental illness in USA and what has come of it over a short few hundred years. The history includes to significant extremes and puts the field in the proper context it deserves. If we view at confinement vs community living we can explore what has happened and where we need to go. A road map to improved mental illness in the USA. We explore how people are referred to Aliens and locked away from society. Mental illness viewed as a demonic possession. Fast forward to the break through of medication and the conversion of psychiatry and psychology and how people actually started to improve. We will discuss current treatment modalities including ECT, medication management and talk therapy. We will also explore the benefit of “main streaming” the mentally ill so they are not outsiders or exceptions.