The Happy Pill, A Nation Over Prescribed and Underfunded

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This is an opinionated college essay. This topic covers the harsh reality of the dangers of misrepresenting mental and substance abuse disorders within the United States. While billions across the world suffer from these illnesses, lack of prioritization and false ideas always do more damage than good. These illnesses are often exploited for political gain from both the hard left or right, but these illnesses don't care about politicized facts. This essay is intended to inform and insight and any negatively will be gladly reported. All opinions welcome!

Victoria Lynn Loftlin

Professor Chief Sentman

Composition Two

10 December 2019

 

The Happy Pill, A Nation Over Prescribed and Underfunded

 

There are billions of people across the globe who suffer from a mental health or substance abuse disorders, yet most are either over prescribed or ignored. The United States has failed to accurately solve their own mental health crisis, and explosits mental health to fit their own political agendas. Despite these alarming numbers, there have been increasing stigmas from both the far left and right. Mental health is now categorized as a minority within the United States, yet it is very common.

Bias news coverage as negativity influenced attitudes towards mental health disorders. Melci emphasizes the dangers of using political bias towards mental health in The Representations of Mental Illness on FOX and CNN: The Parkland Shooting.” Melici states, “It is vital that these news outlets recognize that the mentally ill are not to blame for gun violence. This will increase support for policies that help the mentally ill and also will help to lessen the stigma against them, leading to increased treatment rates and less anxiety “( Melici 1). Melicia often references well conducted studies that support this. Research studies such as “The Effects of News Media Messages about Mass Shootings on Attitudes Toward Persons with Serious Mental Illness and Public Support for Gun Control Policies” . This study concluded that negative stigma towards mental health and substance abuse disorders are heavily influenced through deceptive news sources.  It concluded that “Thirty-six percent of respondents were unwilling to work closely with a person with serious mental illness, and 30% were unwilling to have such a person as a neighbor” (McGinty, et. al 496) . While no one can diagnose or assume someone has a mental health issue, many falsely believe stigmas based upon personal appearances of individuals who aren’t even mentally ill. Therefore when people discriminate against others based upon mental health or substance abuse disorders, it creates a dangerous assumption that violence is a result of mental health. Therefore, when news outlets bluntly associate mental illness with violence, it does more harm than good. The experiment also concluded that “Forty percent of respondents believed that persons with serious mental illness are likely to be far more dangerous than the general population. Seventy-one percent of control group respondents supported gun restrictions for persons with serious mental illness, and 48% supported banning large capacity magazines”(McGinty et. al  496 ) . It is obvious that these blatantly false political beliefs would therefore lead to potential civil rights issues. 

Statistics prove how truly misguided Americans are on mental health and substance abuse disorders. “According to statistics less than 5 percent of 120,000 gun related killings were committed by people diagnosed with mental illness (Metc 245) . Despite the obvious truth, political figures such as Donald Trump continue to spread lies to fit their own political narrative. The Institute of Mental Health Metrics and Evaluation states, “Sucicide is a more common way for someone to die with a firearm than any form of homicide” ().  Therefore when movie producers create movies such as Shutter Island and A Beautiful Mind, which only portray mental health disorders as violent, gullible viewers easily believe preconceived notions. While statistics don’t lie, viewers are often falsely mislead. 

Mental Health and substance abuse disorders are not properly treated nor accurately diagnosed in the United States. In the documentary “The Overpill. When Big Pharma Exploits Mental Health” it gives a more personal view of the victims who have suffered as a result of the United State’s government lack of efficiency. As a result of over prescription of heavy psychiatric drugs, one individual suffered Akathisia and Dystonia. These medical disorders left him physically unable to control his body movement, which have left him permanently disabled. In fact, many foster children who have been previously diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, who were hospitalized, eventually ended up addicted to psychiatric drugs for years. His physical disability was a result of lack of insurance coverage, lack of prioritization, and over prescription. Consider a recent legal case which took place in early two thousand nineteen. The United Behavioral Health is now being litigated in federal court for ignoring their fiduciary responsibilities. Their primary duty was to provide proper healthcare to people who suffered from mental and substance abuse disorders. The United Behavioral Health is now being accused of profiting off of their disorders by denying insurance coverage. While proper medication and diagnoses do help, it is the irresponsibility of the United States government which leads to stigmas such as homelessness, violence, or laziness. 

Medical malpractice claims against individual psychiatrists are in fact a civil wrongdoing. However, due to the stigma and false ideas spread about mental and substance abuse disorders, few have been able to litigate. If we compare this to physical medical malpractice claims, the evidence  is both concerning and extremely overwhelming. This ultimately puts individuals with mental or substance abuse disorders in a more likely position to be taken advantage of. This also further creates stigma based upon blatantly false ideas. 

Everything considered, it is undisputed that mental health and substance abuse disorders are falsely stigmatized and therefore are exploited to fit the United States political agendas. Blatantly false media representations, government inconsistencies, and lack of awareness avoid addressing the United State’s mental health crisis. There are billions that suffer from mental or substance abuse disorders, yet they are their over prescribed or ignored.Through more accurate and appropriate representation, mental health and substance abuse disorders can be better treated in the United States.



 

Works Cited


 

Representations of Mental Illness on FOX and CNN: The Parkland Shooting " Writing Program " Boston University, https://www.bu.edu/writingprogram/journal/past-issues/issue-10/melici/.

 

McGinty, Emma E., Daniel W. Webster, and Colleen L. Barry. “Effects of News Media Messages about Mass Shootings on Attitudes Toward Persons with Serious Mental Illness and Public Support for Gun Control Policies.” The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 170, no. 5, 2013, pp. 494–501, ProQuest,


 

The Atlantic, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2018, www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/12/gun-deaths-city-murders-suicides/578812/. Accessed 10 Dec. 2019.

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Submitted: December 10, 2019

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LE. Berry

The topic of mental health is vast in a human society where violence is encouraged through certain things such as sport. Football, Basketball ect. have and continue to do harm. The contradiction found there is a part of the mental health problem, Thank you for your article Victoria LaTC

Sat, December 14th, 2019 12:03am