Is Medication Always Necessary When Treating Mental Illness and Are There Other Better Options?

The treatment of Mental Illness has always been a controversial and complicated issue throughout the world. I have always wondered whether or not medication is always necessary when dealing with mental disorders and the treatment options and care available for people with mental disorders. I have always been interested in learning about mental disorders and how the mind works. As I got older, I became more interested in the blend of science and psychology in treating people with these disorders. Certain treatment options have been very controversial and have caused a lot of uproar for being immoral. Even though mental illness isn’t directly linked to my major, which is Nursing, I plan on working in a psychiatric facility and helping to treat patients with mental disorders. Before Nursing, I wanted to be a psychiatrist and got a lot of negative remarks when telling people about my career choice, because of the stigmatism of their over-reliance on medication. I think it’s important for me to think about the best possible way to treat patients if I am planning on being a Nurse. I am not sure exactly what is the best treatment option for people with mental disorders. However, I think this topic holds a lot of importance for a variety of people because mental illness is something very common and something that many people have even though we do not always realize it.

While researching this topic, I would like to learn the benefits and drawbacks of different treatments used to assist in the decline of mental disorders. I am very curious to learn more about what professionals think about this topic and their options on what should change or stay the same. I think the toughest part about researching this topic is that there is no definite answer or procedure that should be done when dealing with patients. The only thing that makes me uncomfortable is that talking about mental illness is a sensitive subject for many people who deal with or know people who deal with certain mental disorders. Also the immoral treatment of patients is a common theme throughout history.

The first article I found that supports this issue is “An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold” by Benedict Carey, which discusses alternate forms of treatment aside from medication to treat mental disorders. Instead of taking medication which usually has serious side-effects on most patients, people would meet with specialists in their home without labeling it or giving medication right away. The second article that supports this topic is “War Wounds That Time Alone Can’t Heal” by Jane E. Brody. This article focuses more specifically on people with PTSD and does not offer as much information relating to the topic as the other one. However, it also addresses medication and how it does not always work for certain people and how there are alternate options that some people find to be more helpful. Another article I have is “Aid Groups Aim to Put Mental Health on World Agenda” by Benedict Carey. In this article it discusses the issue that help dealing with mental illness is not as available in other countries around the world and what is being done to change that. An additional article is “China and India Burdened by Untreated Mental Disorders” by Benedict Carey. In this article, the author talks about inclining and declining mental disorders in India and China that there is no explanation for. Even though there has been some advancements made to the mental health care systems in both countries, getting treatment and being treated are still issues.

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