Armstrong, Barbara. "Society vs the Mentally Ill: Exploring the Roots of Prejudice," Hospital

 

Armstrong, Barbara. "Society vs the Mentally Ill: Exploring the Roots of Prejudice," Hospital
and Community Psychiatry 29 (September, 1978), pp. 602-607.

This contains an extensive quote of Professor Mancuso's strong feelings on labeling the mentally
ill, and suggests that the public's fear of the mentally ill may be the result of the professional's
abuse of the term "schizophrenia in remission," and other such diagnoses as are now standard. In
other words, the mental health movement may have created some of its own problems by
suggesting how dangerous mental illness is.

There is the report here of the conference concerning the deinstitutionalization of mental patients.
The roots of deinstitutionalization are traced to the O'Connor v. Donaldson 1975 court decision
wherein Justice Stewart asked, "May the state fence in the harmless mentally ill solely to save its
citizens from exposure to those whose ways are different? One might as well ask if the state, to
avoid public unease, could incarcerate all who are physically unattractive or socially eccentric."