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Mental diseases; Mental-illness treatments; Assistance facilities; Dorothea Dix; Electro-convulsion therapy; Health care
Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams and Michelangelo are a few examples of brilliantly inspiring individuals who shaped our culture, artistry and society. Looking at this list of names, it is hard to see a connection between these unique individuals. The sad truth is that each one suffered from mental illness, a debilitating disease that disrupts one’s thinking, feelings and interactions with others.
Mental Illness; Mentally ill; Mentally ill--Care; Mental illness--Treatment; Mentally ill--Rehabilitation; Mentally ill--Services for; Mentally ill--Family relationships
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Bernard, Alaina (2015). Our failure to understand mental illness has debilitated nearly 60 million Americans. UCF Today, 2015-01-21. Retrieved from http://today.ucf.edu/failure-understand-mental-illness-debilitated-60-million-americans/