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Schizophrenia affects thousands of people in Spain and is one of the most serious mental health disorders in existence. Despite its this characteristic, schizophrenia did not always get the proper attention it deserved within the country’s healthcare system. This was largely due to the influence that the Spanish government had, and continues to have, over the healthcare system, giving it the power to choose how the disorder was represented. Therefore, what does that mean for schizophrenia in Spain’s healthcare system today? This essay will explore the ways in which schizophrenia was represented in Spain’s healthcare system through an examination of the government’s attitudes towards the disorder during the second half of the 19th century, the Era of Francisco Franco, and today, as they were reflected in the available treatment methods of the time. Although the image of schizophrenia in the Spanish healthcare system has improved greatly and reveals less stigma within the government, there is still work to be done to improve it further.



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