Some Significant Findings Relating to
Recognition of Mental Health
Problems, the Demand for
Treatment, and Its Supply
THE PROBLEM that plagues us in the mental health field, as we have analyzed it in the preceding chapter, is to help a class of persons lacking in human appeal and humanly neglected because of this lack of appeal.
These persons are "sick" for physiological, psychological, and sociological reasons so closely intertwired that so far science has been unable to unravel the causes and establish their relative importance. Thus it is that we witness, and must perforce applaud, research in the causes of the psychoses as far ranging as studies of mother love, the baby's physical contact with mother objects, analysis of the blood of schizophrenics, and exploration of the molecular structure of their brain cells.
It is characteristic of psychotic pa:ients that they do not behave as ordinary sick persons, who, feeling helpless, turn to others for help and, receiving help, are responsive to it. Commonly, the acutely ill psychotic does not appear to want help or expect help but, quite the reverse, thinks he is not sick, and may believe he is being harmed. Often, he is harmed, by the process of rejection that reaches its epitome in the traditional State hospital system. Both he and his fellow men appear generally unaware of their pantomime of action and re