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Mentally Ill People and Their ReIntroduction Into the Workforce

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The lay theory proposed in the article states that people who suffer from psychotic disorders are discriminated against when seeking employment and that the culture in China discriminates against these people to a greater degree than a western culture such as the U.S. There have been many inquiries into the difficulties of people with mental illnesses, though this was the first to examine the differences of perception in different cultures. This is the context within which this article exists. Jason Robert, a researcher from Arizona State University, says on the subject of mental illness that it is necessary to take into consideration biological and socio-cultural factors when making a diagnosis: My claim is that gene maps and brain scans will likely not be able to offer universal, culture-free representations of the essence of mental illness. That is, mental illness is subject to biological and socio-cultural factors, such that isolating any of these as core elements will almost always miss the mark at the expense of patient care. Without fully taking into consideration the cultural norms of the society of the person who is being diagnosed with a mental illness, this research states that it will simply not be possible to make the appropriate diagnosis and prescribe the proper medication for the recovery of the patient. Whereas studies before treated mental illness the same across different cultures, brain scans being used as the basis for diagnoses at times, this theory states that personalized medication would most benefit the patients once all aspects of the patient’s situation are taken into consideration.Jean Campbell writes in the journal article Unintended consequences in public policy that the American Disabilities Act tries to balance the rights of people with mental illnesses with those not affected with mental illnesses to protect themselves from any possible harm (2).