The History of Mental Health Treatment
The treatment of mental illness, and thus mental health facility design, have been evolving since ancient times. Advances in chemistry, medicine, psychology, and science have helped fuel these changes, and will continue to do so as new discoveries are made and more is learned about the nature of mental illness and the most effective treatment strategies. The evolution of how mental illness is perceived has directly affected both behavioral health facility design and treatment programs.
Today’s Approach to Behavioral Health
Today, the focus on treatment options has shifted from ancient and unproductive methods to the use of drug therapy and counseling, acknowledging that behavioral health is as important as physical health and eliminating the stigma that dictated so many approaches to treatment.