History of Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

The history of treatment for mental health disorders is crucial to understanding the mental health practices used in the 21st century. The development of these treatments as well as significant individuals throughout history have influenced, and continue to influence, the ethical care of individuals with mental health disorders. Although mental health disorders have been a constant feature of human societies since ancient times, they are still considered to be an abnormal and arguably taboo subject. The prevalence of mental health disorders in human society is often underreported due to factors such as stigma and their measurability being the absence of psychopathology. This entry presents the range of treatments for mental health disorders throughout history, from the primitive drilling of an individual’s skull to an intellectual ...

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