Mental Health

Mental Illness

In America, mental health has grown at a tremendous rate. Increased heavily since the start of the Industrial Revolution, alcohol, drugs, social networking systems (Facebook, MySpace), and other factors have all influenced our lives in profound, negative ways. Current generations are becoming more exposed to outside strain to conform, only to realize that the great American social system that the media has created as a poster image for ourselves to follow is only a mere reflection of the inequalities that plague us today. As social strain is felt all around, the pressure to fit in is now even greater than before. Statistically, masculinity has still maintained its overbearing dominance over females, showing how our socially-constructed view on men has changed to a more annoyed, protective role affecting women in high numbers. With additional reinforcements that could be easily avoided and corrected through corporate America, mental illness is around us constantly. Until more education is brought forth amongst future generations, our unawareness and false conformity will have profound mental illness effects, which are seen across our culture today.

Every day, the average American is exposed to 3,000 ads, showing how much of what we learn is garbage and mentally frustrating because of its forcefulness. Assuming most Americans have routine lives, an unhappy setting mixed with the same buildings and torn up roads constantly surrounds us on a daily basis. With jobs and family leaving many individuals stuck in the same routine of helplessness, psychological frustration occurs because of the sad realization of our morphed socially-constructed culture. In the book, the Feminine Mystique (1963), Betty Friedan speaks of the everyday lives American women have while correctly answering why they are so unhappy. Many of the women had college degrees and were married with a couple children, but were stay at home moms with limited roles outside the home forced upon by de facto and de jure policies. Thus leaving many women in a mental and physical prison for generations. In a strange way, we can still relate our lives to the frustration women strongly faced about seventy years ago with the routine of corporate and franchised America all around us.

For the most part, individuals are given limited roles, told what to do, and must take the same path to work every day. It’s a cycle which occurs for everyone inside our mainstream culture. This leads up to our negative view or willingness to accept the boring construct of culture, so we turn to additional negative factors to express or temporarily pleasure ourselves with alcohol, drugs, and social networking systems, etc. to feel a part of something. Many of these factors can lead to negative conjointment within a group if not for just the individual. In the same way Marx speaks of the proliterates that allowed the workers nothing from what they created, except money put back in the system; while Durkheim connects on the anomie-strain of dissatisfaction within contemporary culture. These two believes correlate to how these mental illness’ form across America today. Consequently, these extreme temporary processes which we put ourselves through every day (drinking, doing drugs, expressing our emotions to a machine (Facebook) all create more psychological problems for ourselves because it does not answer or solve any long term problems, and draws us further away from coming together. It detaches us from our true purpose of understanding, while the problems continue to build and affect us all in the long run.