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Vulnerable Population: Mentally Ill People
The Vulnerable Population Mental illness can be simply defined as a medical condition that causes troubles to an individual’s thinking, emotions, mood, daily functioning, and ability to relate to others. Individuals with mental illnesses often suffer from diminished capacity of meeting daily needs of life and hence this population is vulnerable to many life threatening conditions. Generally, major mental illnesses include depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PSTD), schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and borderline personality disorder (NAMI). However, recovery is possible in almost all cases of mental illnesses. According to psychological researchers, mental illnesses can affect individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, race, or income; and mental illnesses are not caused as a result of lack of character, personal weaknesses, or poor upbringing (NAMI). Nature of the Vulnerability It is observed that mentally ill people are extremely prone to social isolation, which is a condition where individuals have lack of contact with the society. Psychologists argue that social isolation can worsen the medical condition of this population. ...