Back in the early 1400’s, being diagnosed as mentally ill meant that the person is crazy. The common perception was people with mental health conditions were possessed by evil spirits. Therefore, the common practice for treatment was exorcism.
Present Day Mental Health
Luckily, the position of mental health today has improved dramatically. Mental health is now taken seriously. In addition, the field of Psychology is growing extensively to provide new discoveries about human behavior, emotions, and cognition. Individuals with mental illnesses are not treated inhumanely. People with mental illnesses are treated with respect and are taken seriously that what they are experiencing are not only made up in their minds rather the conditions are surreal. Even with temporary mental illnesses brought about by addiction to mood altering substances, there is now a more serious approach to providing help with addiction.
In a statement of Paula Carino, LMHC regarding people suffering from mental health, she said ““Someone may process trauma somatically [relating to the body as opposed to the mind] via allergies, but if the initial trauma isn’t resolved, they could start expressing it in more dramatic ways like psychiatric disorders.”