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Defining Documents in American History: Mental Health
From the time of the Salem witch trials to the current epidemic of mass shootings and hate crimes, our nation’s approach to mental health continues to evolve. Treatment for mental disease today bears little resemblance to the chains and straitjackets of “lunatic asylums” but access to care remains a concern. Debates surrounding gun control issues, the opioid crisis, terrorism, and the devastation and unintended consequences of untreated PTSD tend to revolve around concerns over how to appropriately address concerns about mental health and wellness.