SHOULD INSURANCE OFFER THE SAME BENEFITS FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH?
Everyone goes through grief, but for people with mental illness', it is even harder to deal with. We should make sure they get the help they need without all the financial stress.
"Mental health disorders, also called mental illnesses, interfere with a person’s ability to think, feel, function, express moods and emotions, and relate to other people" (Mental Disorders).
"I wanted to press all the buttons and scream curse words at everybody who lived in the stupid building. I wanted to give myself bruises."(Foer,Jonathan)
For kids with mental illness, grief is harder than it should be. We should make sure they get the right help.
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"A mental illness is a disease of the brain that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life's ordinary demands and routines. " ( What is Mental Illness?) With that being said, because mental disorders result in the inability to cope with ordinary tasks, imagine how much harder it would be while worrying about the stress of money just to receive the proper care. Your mental and physical health may decline.
"Grief is depression, trauma, and remorse all rolled up into one, and people with autism have a harder time regulating their emotions, so their sense of grief is often different because their brains are wired differently. Some on the lower-functioning end of the spectrum can be prone to verbal and physical outbursts because they’re less able to deal with grief and the stress that comes with it."(Mental Disorders)
Some may argue that physical health is more important, however, The WHO (World Health Organization) states, "There is no health without mental health." (Connection)
This is a good example from the book of how Oskar manages his anger, frustration and sadness. It is not stated in the book that Oskar suffers from a mental disorder, but it can be inferred by most, based on his thoughts and action.
Advocating for mental illness and giving back to the mental health community can be extremely powerful for both families and patients.
I believe that children (as well as adults) deserve to receive the proper care they need to help them manage all of their emotions, including grief, sadness and other emotions related to loss, at an affordable and fair cost.
Although physical health is "extremely" important, I feel that mental health is just as "incredibly" crucial as physical health and there should be easy access for care that can get that taken care of.
"1.Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions. 2.People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions. 3.People with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health."(Connection)
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