Short Essay on Medicating the Mentally Ill

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Medications for treating

1. diseases such as mental illness are particularly problematic. To begin with, for many of the mentally ill, admitting being mentally ill is admitting being

2. . These people will therefore resist being medicated. In addition, medications that treat mental illness often cause troublesome

3. . In medicating, there may be a very fine line between helping a person express normal

4. and causing a person

5. in behavior, such as nervous twitches or inappropriate laughter. From the perspective of patients who suffer from extreme

6. , any minor side-effects may be amplified to the degree of absolute intolerability. On the other hand, the mentally ill who receive some kind of emotional pay-off for admitting to their disease may over-medicate, popping pretty-colored pills as though they were

7. . Considering these variables, it is no wonder that determining the

8. of a medication for a mental illness is frought with uncertainty.