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Respond to the discussion board, reply to two students

After reviewing Figure 10.9 on page 329, discuss your reactions. Is it surprising to you that heart disease is the current leading cause of death in the United States? What are some of the ways society, and pressures in society, might contribute to individuals getting heart disease?

  • The environmental hypothesis, as mentioned in the chapter, discusses the fact that people in lower social classes may have more mental illness (sadness, depression, and anxiety) because of their environment. The hypothesis claims this is the case due to more stress associated with things like money, physical health, and violence. Do you think the environment of those in a lower social class contributes to more mental illness? Explain. What, if anything, can human services professionals do about this?
  • Discussion responses should be on topic, original, and contribute to the quality of the Discussion by making frequent informed references to course materials. Remember to respond to at least two classmates with comments that forward the Discussion.

    From Jessi F.

    Hello Everyone,

    After viewing the chart in our book, I don’t think I find it as surprising that heart disease is a leading cause of death now, but i’m more surprised at how drastic the numbers have changed. Heart Disease jumped 17% and Cancer has jumped 19.2%. That is a huge difference and makes me wonder what are we doing or consuming so much differently now then before.

    Many things can contribute to the rapid growth in heart disease. This generation prior to becoming older was are not very educated on the effects things have on your body and how to take care of themselves. How you treat your body early on growing is what can effect the long term. There are other underlying health issues that can also lead to heart disease and not just how you eat etc. Such as Thyroid issues. This can effect your heart if not treated as well.

    I do think that the environoment in lower class contributes to more mental health issues. I am aware that there are a lot of people in all status types that struggle with mental illness but a large portion is lower class. When you are lower class you tend to stress about money the most and how you will afford your necessities. When you stress, it can cause anxiety and depression. When you feel overwhelmed with these issues you can also develop a substance abuse issue which then can contribute even more to a mental health issue. The cycle is rough.

    Human service individuals can offer resources and support to help guide someone struggling with these issues in the right direction to take care of it so it does not significantly negatively effect them.

    From Angelica H.

    Hello all,

    No, it is not surprising to me that heart disease is the current leading cause of death in the United States. Both of my parents are suffering from heart attacks and have to be on medication for their hearts. My sisters and I have changed the way we ate since the day we left our parent’s house. Learning that how we were brought up on heavy doses of red meat and fried food is a very big cause for heart disease. We all use ground turkey, poultry, and more fish products and more fruits and vegetables. My children are used to what is put in front of them; I try to introduce new vegetables to them at least once a month. “The United States changed from a farming nation to one where people worked in factories and offices, heart disease became the number one killer” (Henslin, 2013, p.310). The food is richer and people are less physically active. There are also other contributors to heart disease like smoking, drinking, and drugs.

    The environmental hypothesis-people in lower classes have more mental illness, they tend to be sadder, more anxious, and more fearful; this is due to the lack of job security, solid finances, and good physical health, medical care, and healthy marriage. With low wages, they live from pay check to pay check with unpaid bills piling up with higher rates of divorce, alcoholism, violence, worse physical health, and less access to good medical care.

    According to the text, “the type of therapy that troubled people receive does not depend on what kind of problems they have, but on their ability to pay” (Henslin, 2013, p.335). As a human service professional this should not be the case. I know of many non-profit human service professionals that will first look at an individual’s income and insurance to determine payment. Then if that falls through the insurance; the individual can have a letter written by their pastor, spouse, supervisor, or friend to state why the individual would benefit from care. Then the individual’s case is reviewed and a sponsorship is made for that individual or their family.


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