Mental health issues are not new – they have been there as long as there have been people on the planet. People with mental health issues in the Middle ages were believed to be possessed or in need of religion. Mental illnesses were also thought to be a form of religious punishment.
In those days, Hippocrates came up with treatments that did not include religion or superstition. He created treatments that focused on changing the patients’ environment, occupation or administering certain medications.
Negative attitudes towards mental illness persisted well into the 18th century – when mental illness was stigmatized. The mentally ill people were often confined in unhygienic and degrading conditions. Fast forward to today, these attitudes towards mental illnesses have not changed.
Currently, one in five Americans struggles with a mental health condition. Research shows that there are effective treatments for mental health conditions. As time goes on, there is higher research destigmatizing mental health issues, and therapy has become an open option.
With evolving mental health resources, more and more Americans have access to the true benefits of therapy. Insurance agencies are now mandated to cover and treat mental health conditions.