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Book Title. Author s. Ann M. Neale, Sheri Johnson. Send Message. Karen acknowledged the irrationality of these rituals but, nevertheless, maintained that she felt much more comfortable when she observed them conscientiously. When she was occasionally in too great a hurry to observe the rituals, she experienced considerable anxiety, in the form of a subjective feeling of dread and apprehension.
She described herself as tense, jumpy, and unable to relax during these periods. Her fears were most often con2 Chapter 1 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder firmed because something unfortunate invariably happened to one of the children within a few days after each such "failure. In addition to her obsessive ideas and compulsive behaviors, Karen reported dissatisfaction with her marriage and problems in managing her children.
Her husband, Tony, had been placed on complete physical disability 11 months prior to her first visit to the mental health center.
Although he was only 32 years old, Tony suffered from a very serious heart condition that made even the most routine physical exertion potentially dangerous. Since leaving his job as a clerk at a plumbing supply store, he had spent most of his time at home. He enjoyed lying on the couch watching television and did so for most of his waking hours. He had convinced Karen that she should be responsible for all the household chores and family errands.
Her days were spent getting the children dressed, fed, and transported to school; cleaning; washing; shopping; and fetching potato chips, dip, and beer whenever Tony needed a snack. He argued, of course, that the stress of walking to the refrigerator would be unhealthy, although the merits of his reasoning—as well as his nutritional judgment— might easily have been questioned.
The inequity of this situation was apparent to Karen, and extremely frustrating, yet she found herself unable to handle it effectively. She fantasized about abandoning the family, but she did not believe that she could follow through on this impulse. The children were also clearly out of her control. Robert, age 6, and Alan, age 8, were very active and mischievous.
Neither responded well to parental discipline, which was inconsistent at best. Both experienced behavioral problems at school, and Alan was being considered for placement in a special classroom for particularly disruptive children.
On one occasion, Karen had been called to take Alan home early after he had kicked the school principal and told him to "go to hell. The boys were also prone to minor physical illnesses; it seemed to Karen that at least one of the boys was always sick with a cold or some kind of infection. The girls were also difficult to handle. Denise, age 9, and Jennifer, age 11, spent much of their time at home arguing with each other.
Jennifer was moderately obese. Denise teased her mercilessly about her weight. After they had quarreled for some time, Jennifer would appeal tearfully to Karen, who would attempt to intervene on her behalf. Karen was becoming increasingly distressed by her inability to handle this confusing situation, and she was getting little, if any, help from Tony. During the past several weeks, she had been spending more and more time crying and hiding alone in her bedroom.
She was the first of four children. Her family was deeply religious, and she was raised Social History 3 to be a devout Roman Catholic.
She attended parochial schools from the first grade through high school and was a reasonably good student. Her memories of the severe practices of the church and school authorities were vivid. The formal rituals of the church played an important role in her life, as they did for the other members of her family. Beginning at a very early age, Karen was taught that she had to observe many specific guidelines that governed social behavior within the church not eating meat on Fridays, going to confession regularly, and so forth.
She was told that her strict adherence to these norms would ensure the safety of her immortal soul and, conversely, that transgressions would be severely punished.
The depth of her belief and the severity of its consequences can be seen in the following story, which Karen recalled during an early session. When she was 8 years old, Karen and her classmates at school were to receive their first communion in the church. This is a particularly important and solemn occasion for Roman Catholics that signifies the child's advancement to adult status in the church community.
Before the child is allowed to partake in communion, however, a complete confession must be made of all prior sins. Karen was told that she was to confess all her sins, regardless of their severity or the time of their occurrence, to her priest, who would prescribe an appropriate penance. She remembered her parents' and teachers' warnings that if she failed to mention any of her sins, her soul would be banished to hell for eternity.
This threat was still vivid in Karen's mind many years later. Despite the terror aroused by these circumstances, Karen intentionally failed to tell the priest about one of her sins; she had stolen a small picture book from her classroom and was now afraid either to return it or to tell anyone about the crime.
She lived with intense guilt about this omission for several years and could remember having occasionally terrifying nightmares that centered around imagined punishments for not providing a complete confession.
In subsequent years, Karen intensified her efforts to abide by even the most minute details of church regulations, but she continued to harbor the conviction that she could never atone for this mortal sin. Karen remembered her parents as having been very strict disciplinarians.
Perceived witchcraft , for example, has been punished by death. It contained an early taxonomy of perceived deviant behavior and proposed guidelines for prosecuting deviant individuals. Asylums[ edit ] The act of placing mentally ill individuals in a separate facility known as an asylum dates to , when King Henry VIII of England established the St. Mary of Bethlehem asylum in London. This hospital, nicknamed Bedlam, was famous for its deplorable conditions. These early asylums were often in miserable conditions.
However, many of the patients received helpful medical treatment. There was scientific curiosity into abnormal behavior although it was rarely investigated in the early asylums. Inmates in these early asylums were often put on display for profit as they were viewed as less than human.
The early asylums were basically modifications of the existing criminal institutions. He pushed for the idea that the patients should be treated with kindness and not the cruelty inflicted on them as if they were animals or criminals. His experimental ideas such as removing the chains from the patients were met with reluctance.
The experiments in kindness proved to be a great success, which helped to bring about a reform in the way mental institutions would be run.. You may improve this section , discuss the issue on the talk page , or create a new article , as appropriate. May Learn how and when to remove this template message Institutionalization would continue to improve throughout the 19th and 20th century due to work of many humanitarians such as Dorethea Dix , and the mental hygiene movement which promoted the physical well-being of the mental patients.
Mental hospitals began to grow substantially in numbers during the 20th century as care for the mentally ill increased in them. By there were over , patients in state mental hospitals in the USA. These hospitals while better than the asylums of the past were still lacking in the means of effective treatment for the patients, and even though the reform movement had occurred; patients were often still met with cruel and inhumane treatment.
The book called attention to the conditions which mental patients faced and helped to spark concern in the general public to create more humane mental health care in these overcrowded hospitals. During this period the Hill-Burton Acts was also passed which was a program that funded mental health hospitals.
Along with the Community Health Services Act of , the Hill-Burton Acts helped with the creation of outpatient psychiatric clinics, inpatient general hospitals, and rehabilitation and community consultation centers. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met.
May Learn how and when to remove this template message In the late twentieth century however, a large number of mental hospitals were closed due to lack of funding and overpopulation.
In England for example only 14 of the psychiatric institutions that had been created in the early 20th century remained open at the start of the 21st century.