What Are American Attitudes Today Toward Mental Illness?

What Are American Attitudes Today Toward Mental Illness?

It appears that today the attitudes of Americans toward mental illnesses have experienced quite a dramatic shift especially regarding how they are caused as well as how they are treated.  The change has occurred during the past decade.  As a compelling example of this Philadelphia Eagles star offensive guard Shawn Andrews missed training camp recently for several weeks and when the fans understood that he was suffering from severe depression they were quick to offer support.  However, it appears that while Americans have changed their attitudes about depression that change does not extend to schizophrenia.  Schizophrenics are viewed as violent and dangerous. While most Americans accept that schizophrenics are not at fault for their illness they do not want to work with or associate with them because they are afraid of what they may do.

 

Dr. Jason Schnittker University of Pennsylvania professor of Sociology and author of a ten year study of mental illness titled An Uncertain Revolution: Why the rise of a Genetic Model on Mental Illness Has Not Increased Tolerance may be found by clicking here.