In Argentina, in the 90’s, a process began that has to do with Mental Health and that, in short, consisted of establishing laws that prohibited the existence of asylums.
Traditionally, all over the world, since the 18th century, the choice was made to hospitalize the mentally ill, whose range included depressed, neurasthenic, hypochondriacal, hysterical, epileptic, suicidal and schizophrenic people, mixed with criminals and criminals.
With the passage of time, an attempt was made to humanize the management of these patients who suffered from isolation and chaining up to purges, vomiting, cold water baths and whatever you can imagine, to ward off “bad thoughts”.
In Argentina everything was going well, until Governor Axel Kicillof stammered out the tongue twister in his province that the demanicomialization secured and voted on in 2010 had the closure of the so-called monovalent, clinics and psychiatric hospitals, by 2020, in such a way that practically it is forbidden to admit psychiatric patients.
Therefore, psychiatric patients should be treated externally. This caused a stir and controversy, as there are psychiatric groups that oppose such a measure, since they consider that the radical closure of these psychiatric institutions or hospitals is inadmissible; and they propose that said institutions should remain with a comprehensive management of the patient that includes psychologists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.
His argument is that if there are departments and hospitals specialized in cancer, cardiology, dermatology, nephrology and many more where the patient can be admitted when required for study and treatment, for what reasons is the brain and mental illnesses left out.