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The Perfect Idea : Psychology

Old Mental Hospital Rooms
National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Old Mental Hospital Rooms National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Psychology has always been a mind-blowing topic, it has made people THINK and has sparked how we view the world. Even though, sometimes it’s not how we view the world but it is how we view people, specifically people who have mental disorders. Society has a different way of presenting these people, so what would this look like in an ideal world? To inform about mental institutions and WHY people need to be treated there is difficulty to inform about. Places that have the resources but sadly there aren’t many of them left or if there are half of the time they have no more room. So, if they aren’t in a mental institution, where are they?

Can you believe prisons get more funding than schools every year? Well, the reason for that is prisons hold more mentally ill people than mental institutions, making mentally ill people seem to like “monsters”. So no, they aren’t actually monsters, out of the 4 D’s in psychology, (deviant, distress, dysfunctional, and dangerous), very FEW are what society calls “dangerous” and “hostile” because, in reality, everyone experiences symptoms of some sort of mental disorder, and at least experience anxiety. In a perfect world, society wouldn’t judge everyone who is their painted picture of abnormal. They wouldn’t shame or blame the ill; But most definitely, they wouldn’t have the power to make the mentally ill feel small. That’s an issue especially nowadays, and when you look back to the 1700s when it was actually recognized, you’d say “Well we have it better now”. You may be right, but we still aren’t giving them the help they need. 

Dorothea Dix which was one of the first people in psychology to stand up for the situations in mental hospitals and wanted more for the people
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The Kirkbride Plan is designed for mental institutions, but it also informs how many abandoned asylums are. There are many reasons for them being left behind, so why not design something fit for all? Well, that is what the plan is about, “ Today, there are more than a hundred abandoned asylums in the United States,” sure you’ve heard of abandoned hospitals, and 100% is it creep, but even after interviewing Agua Fria, a Psychology teacher Ms. Rams about HER perfect idea she brought up something that not many people have talked about, she says “It would be with people who are trained as mental health professionals, people who care about vulnerable people and have the education to make a difference”. We see this all the time when a profession like this gets paid less attention to and with the pay being just as bad, obviously not many people want to take it. Just because the pay is bad doesn’t mean you should treat people badly, but with the pay improving, can you think of all the new therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists coming in? No, you can’t because we haven’t gotten to that stage, it is dreadful that today’s world is one where we have to FIGHT to be taken seriously, most people just want an answer to their problems for comfort but just to make them feel normal. 

“In my perfect world, there would be a place where people could get treatment or the necessary support they need, at a low to zero cost. It would be with people who are actually trained as mental health professionals, people who actually care about vulnerable people and have the education to make a difference”, Ms. Rams says again, she is absolutely right, it’s mindblowing how ur description of abnormal is any mentally ill person because it’s morally wrong, this connects to how words can affect a person life negatively or positively, either way, it MATTERS. When people compliment you, you might forget it after 2 minutes, but when you make someone feel “abnormal” it likely sticks more, not everyone is secure with themselves and not everyone is as confident as the next person. As a society maybe one day in the future people will be able to express themselves and talk about what they struggle with, without fear of a group of people having their eyes on them.

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Zoe Perez, Opinion Editor
If there's a person who you want to talk to about colleges and academics, then Zoe Perez is the right person for you! Interviewing and writing about Zoe Perez was an honor because of how straightforward and educated her answers were.  Zoe is a 15-year-old sophomore and she will be the Opinion Editor, Media Editor, Opinion Columnist, and Treasurer for this second year of her journalism journey. Last year, she was only an opinion writer. June 22, 2008, is her birthday meaning she has the zodiac sign of cancer.  She is the type of person who is going to be honest with you even if it means telling you what you may be doing wrong, despite that she describes herself as a very social person, she says “I am the type of person who is social and would come up to you to ask for your Instagram if I see you from afar and decide that if you seem friendly.”  She mentioned that she enjoys talking and giving advice about colleges, medical schools, or how to write an article while also wanting to help those students who need help with any classes in between Honors to AP. Zoe spoke about wanting to live in Washington D.C. after high school because Washington has the best medical school that she could think of. She says “ What motivates me to work hard is myself because I believe that even though taking Honors and AP classes may be hard, It will all be worth it when I become a radiologist, technician, or an Anesthesiologist”. Zoe Perez has an understanding of what she wants to be doing with her life. Zoe is very passionate about writing which brought her to be in journalism. She stated that she loved to inform people about what was going on, seeing different opinions, while giving people a fast and easy answer. Her love for journalism has brought her to meet new people and to be more active in the community when writing stories. She touched upon her interests like reading, writing, and psychology. Her favorite series book to read is called “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” where she describes the story as a girl who opens a close case and along the way finds something captivating. She remarked about why she enjoys the book saying.”It takes all the characters' points of view and I am amused by a good murder mystery book.”  Zoe introduced her love for psychology and said that she was from Trevor Browne High School and found out that Agua Fria had psychology as a class and so on went to this school now. She said, “I am obsessed with psychology and basically wrote most of my articles based on psychology, so I am technically an opinion editor with a psychology theme.” All of these circumstances in her life have brought her to be the person she is. So if you ever need a person to talk about academics, psychology, or even books then Zoe Perez is the person you’re going to be looking for!!!

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