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The past thirty years have seen great changes in the treatments available for people with mental illness Advances in neuroleptic medications better understanding of the neurobiological aspects of mental illness and more effective styles of psychosocial intervention have all improved the services available for the mentally ill However the last three decades have also been a period in which several obstacles to the access of care have made the treatment of persons with mental illness more difficult Although designed to protect those who suffer from mental illness changes in policy and law have created difficulties in delivering services to involuntary clients and assisting them to control their illnesses People with severe mental illness require a variety of interventions in order to successfully manage their conditions Basic needs such as housing vocational training and financial assistance are all areas which although perhaps taken for granted by many can be of great difficulty for someone with a mental illness People may require varying degrees of assistance in these areas as well as with managing interpersonal relations and other spheres of social and emotional functioning Hershberg Posner 1992 Most people with mental illness can benefit greatly from the use of antipsychotic medications In the past many of the drugs offered to mentally ill people to control their psychoses such as haldol and stelazine would sometimes produce side effects almost as debilitating as the illness itself However in recent years advances in the field of neuroleptic medications have produced new drugs which are far more effective than their predecessors and which cause far fewer negative side effects It can be argued that without a medical control of severe mental illness through medication assisting clients to function adequately for extended periods of time can be an almost impossible task Isaac Armat 1992 Torrey 1995 Although established to protect the peoples rights and put a stop to past abuses current
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