We all want to be healthy and happy in life, and most of us strive to do so, but for individuals who have a mental disorder, being healthy can become quite a challenge. The field of Psychology includes many mental health disorders, a few are: major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, dementia, ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder. When an individual posses one or more of these mental health disorders, it is not by their own choice and is not something they can get rid of, fortunately most do have lengthy treatment to help an individual lead a normal happy life. Some of the treatments include medicines, therapy, hospitalization, case management, support groups, peer support, and self help plans. Most individuals can find great relief by using one or more of these forms of treatment, and treatment that works well for one individual may more better for another individual, unfortunately although their are many forms of treatment, individuals who deal with mental illnesses on a daily basis do face difficulty in life that others may not be able to relate to or understand. When law is brought into the picture when talking about mental disorders, many more details come into play as to whether or not a person should be prosecuted. If an individual with a mental disorder is deemed by their state as mentally “crazy” it can be ruled by a judge that the individual can not be prosecuted due to the fact that they do not understand the crime they committed and would not understand their sentence of prosecution. Many states also have laws and safeguards to protect those individuals so that their is no instance or cruel or unusual punishment.


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