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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Importance of Psychopathology

The study of psychopathology is the branch of medicine that studies the causes and nature of mental disease. The importance of studying to understand such mental diseases is significant. We need to study more about what effects our behavior bring about in order to help those with psychological problems on a individual basis as well as for the general population. According to the Surgeon General’s report (1999), In the United States of America, mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature mortality. This information clearly states that in our country, mental illness is not only a problem; it is an epidemic that needs swift action to correct.

Also mentioned in the Surgeon General’s report (1999), approximately every year one in five Americans experiences a mental disorder. This is a tremendous amount of people who need treatment for their mental disease. As times get rough in our economy today, more research is needed in the field of mental illness. We need to understand the inner workings of the psychological disease and find out how to treat each patient properly for whichever ailment they are experiencing.The state of one’s life relies on their mental health status. People cannot work or even function properly when facing a serious mental illness.

The way we understand psychopathology and related fields has a substantial impact on individuals, medical and mental health professionals, government agencies/programs and society at large (Maddux & Winstead, 2008). We must take swift action in treating these mental disorders; but first we must research to understand the dynamics of such disorders.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.

Maddux, J. E. & Winstead, B. A. (2008). Psychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

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