Essay Layla

‘Have you ever paid to watch someone with a mental illness? The horror stories are real. The stories that have been put in the dark have been long brought to the light and are now breathing life again for the people that were forced to a horrible demise that they were forcibly put through. Mental institutions back in the day were not exactly the best conditions but we can’t completely blame the workers. We can also blame the environmental factors as much as the things in their brains. But all in all the general statement is some, well most, mental hospitals when they began weren't as they seemed;but they can change.

When the idea of the place where people could go for mental help, some were excited, some were confused and it all over an interesting topic everyone felt some type of way for. Even though when they began they weren't as good for people as they made it seem. It was a large idea that some people thought would be better for the people with their illness, a way to cope without having to cope. It was a good idea if executed well; which it was not. Bedlam is a prime example of this. Bedlam was the origin asylum and was found at Bishopsgate just outside the London wall, by Simon Fitzmary, former sheriff of London, founded in the year 1247. It was mentioned as a hospital in 1329, and it was infamous for brutal ill treatment meted out to patients and for the fact during the 17th and 18th century it was open to fee-paying spectators to watch ("Bedlam"). But for the fact that even inside the hospital it wasn't safe for them but neither was the outside. The doctors before going to research didn't know that people watching them and all the horrible things they thought were help was hurting them. So to try and help they got them into routine so they would almost be forced into a life with problems and believe that nothing was wrong with them. The doctors almost seemingly didn't know what at the time they were getting themselves in. The doctors and nurses played a role to just listen, administer drugs, tuck them into bed and make sure they were breathing in the morning,. Considering research wasn't a big thing and they can't fix the outside world. So as they began a shadowing of bad was looming and basically overruling for awhile.

Some time later in history things from the beginning began to smooth out and the conditions arranged themselves as they existed. Doctors began to research and one of the breakthroughs they had was that environmental factors were not only the leading cause of their sadness and deranged thoughts. Environmental factors were a large deal and affected many people. One of the examples is when the economy goes down- suicide rates go up and people began to get sad. The sadness then causes other mental illnesses. If the place isn't having the greatest conditions than people in the asylum wouldn't be having the best time either. People can sense when the outside world is beginning to go bad- or just whenever your situation is taking a turn. There are so many mental illness that can lead you going to mental hospital. Another reason being if you're a teen and a new iPhone comes out- everyone has it besides you and you feel bad about yourself. It's a factor that you can't change on your own. Just like you can't change the seasons but they can still affect you strongly (seasonal depression). But once doctors began to take notice of these patterns and habits they could find ways to make these unchangeable situations more comfortable. So instead of just locking them up, and giving them pills to try and fix their chemical balance-more treatments were offered. Therapeutic ways and easier ways to cope once the underlying fact was released; it wasn't all in their head.

Finally, asylums have changed a great amount with all these changes being made and the economy going up. They realized that after society began to change, they realized that conditions needed to change. The world was changing and became more humane. America got it's ways from Britain- and while America was rapidly growing they were changing their morals and their ways. Wars going, and laws becoming- the asylums needed to change with it or get lost in the dust. Bedlam changed their ways as much as everyone else did and they are in Britain. Now a part of the National Health Service, it is linked administratively with the Maudsley Hospital ("Bedlam"). Hospitals in that certain field of psychiatry began to clump together and become bigger names all under the same safe rules- federal operations. The process changed- wardrobe changed- coping methods changed and new medicines for those types of illness are always coming out to help each individual problem. Then in the hospital nurses and doctors were more prone to helping them- realizing they are humans too because of their morals changing and eyes being open. Things starting to take a turn for the better-only to gradually continue

In conclusion, I have learned a lot more than I knew before this project and I am happy I got to learn these many things. The beginning wasn't all glamorous as it may have seemed as an overall idea. As it began to things molded, the things patients were being affected by weren't just there neurons that they were so luckily placed with but factors that all of us can't avoid. Then finally, the realization was made and a dramatic change from the beginning to now happened. Some understanding from research that a few people got curious about was bringing it all towards the light. Even the horrible thing of fee-paying spectators were stopped and the asylum grew into many other asylums- not now known presently for their absurd treating ("Bedlam"). Other wonderful things happened from these things being brought to the light and fixed- mental illness were treated more sensitively and more options for help opened. It changed society as a whole. It helped them realize exactly what their morals were and that they are humans too. It shows the effect that even if the beginning seems tough through some work and research, things can change.

Works Cited

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