1. How does an understanding of past treatments for people with a mental illness help a person working in mental health today?
An understanding of past treatments for people suffering with mental illness can be extremely beneficial for a person working in mental health today. According to Crisp & Taylor (2009, p.1393), knowledge of the patient’s medical history can provide valuable data, which can serve as the basis for the evaluation process. Crisp & Taylor (2009, p.257) also believe that by having knowledge of their medical history, it will allow for problems to be solved accurately, thoroughly and quickly.
2. How can myths about mental illness and psychiatric disability make it hard for consumers to recover?
Myths about mental illness and psychiatric disabilities can make it extremely difficult for a consumer to recover. There are many myths about mental illness and psychiatric disabilities that feed negative stereotyping and discrimination (Kaplan 2007). Due to this, people suffering from mental illness or psychiatric disabilities may be unwilling to seek treatment because they do not want to be stereotyped or discriminated against.
3. What are the benefits of a person-centred approach as compared to institutionalisation?
In person-centred nursing, the relationship between the nurse, the patient and others important to the patient is paramount (Crisp & Taylor 2009, p.74). By taking a person-centred approach in nursing, it will help to form a nurturing relationship with the patient. The relationship between the nurse and patient will consist of respect, trust, honesty and at times recognition (Crisp & Taylor 2009, p.74). Unlike person-centred nursing, institutionalisation does not benefit a relationship between the nurse and the patient. However, institutionalisation does come with other benefits for nursing. If an institutionalisation approach were to be taken, it would allow the nurse to quickly identify the nursing actions to be...