HCA 210 HCA210 Week 4 Assignment Case Study

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HCA 210 Week 4 Assignment Case Study 1 Running head:  Case Study Case Study April 16, 2010
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HCA 210 Week 4 Assignment Case Study 2 Mental illness, or “mental disorder,” consists of any number of varying psychiatric  conditions that impair an individual’s normal mental development or function. This can be  caused by physiological or psychosocial factors (Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 2002).  Because our hospital does not provide any behavioral health services, this report will provide  information and resources to help develop a contingency plan to place the mentally ill in  appropriate care for their condition. Views of mental illness have changed dramatically over time, and the present American  Medical Association views mental illness as a clearly defined illness, with symptomology and  basis in medical fact (Lomas, 1963, 374:5). Indeed, the newer thinking in the medical and  psychological community shows that there is a great deal of synergy between the physical and  psychological basis of illness, even to the point that a patient’s mental state is crucial to their  physical symptoms and recovery. In regard to mental illness, advances in technology have  proven that there are clear and verifiable chemical and physical changes that occur in mental  conditions (Science of Mental Illness, 2005). In the same vein, mental illness can be, as in  traditional physical illness, helped through a variety of treatment options, and, in some cases  cured. Treatment options vary, just as, with physical disease, there are numerous symptoms 
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HCA 210 Week 4 Assignment Case Study 3 and treatment options, the same holds true with mental illness. Those options can include  pharmaceuticals, therapy, non-traditional medicine, meditation, etc. (BBC). The concept of  deinstitutionalization, beginning in the cash-strapped 1960s, but coming  to the forefront in the 1980s, focused on releasing mentally ill patients into the community,  ostensibly into half-way houses or other partial care facilities, or even back into their family  situation. The benefit, it was thought, was both societal (dramatically reducing the cost of 
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