Psychology of Mental Health Fall 2013

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This course will explore behaviours by contrasting that which is considered abnormal via DSM diagnosis with what contemporary society deems to be normal.  Perspectives will be taken to explore, explain and consider treatment for situations considered to be representative of mental illness all in the pursuit of understanding and promoting mental health.

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by ivanamarcovecchio on December 13, 2013
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is an organization for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviors of Canadians around mental health issues. This organization brings together leaders and organizations from across the country to accelerate these changes. Among its initiatives, this organizations work includes the country's first mental health strategy, to reduce stigma, advancing knowledge exchange in mental health, and examining how best to help people who are homeless and living with mental health problems.

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by oli.langevin_10 on December 13, 2013
The Douglas Institute is a University in Montreal. What makes this University special is that they not only teach and research about mental illnesses, they also help the families and people who are touched by these. They help over 9000 patients that come and go. They have over 1600 employees to help and 241 beds for some of the patients. This institution is important because they learn, teach and treat mental illnesses.

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by oli.langevin_10 on December 13, 2013
The Douglas Institute is a University in Montreal. What makes this University special is that they not only teach and research about mental illnesses, they also help the families and people who are touched by these. They help over 9000 patients that come and go. They have over 1600 employees to help and 241 beds for some of the patients. This institution is important because they learn, teach and treat mental illnesses.

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by oli.langevin_10 on December 13, 2013
The Douglas Institut offers services to help people and families that are living with mental illnesses. They already have over 9000 patients that go in and out. They also have 241 beds. They also have 1600 employees that provide help to whoever needs it. This institution is also a university. They teach and learn about mental illnesses while treating them. They are an important insitution because not only do they treat mental illnesses, they also teach and learn about them.  

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by SpencerK23 on December 13, 2013
Friends For Mental Health "is a non-profit community organization that provides families and friends with the support, information and education they need to help them cope with a loved one’s mental illness."     This organization offers many services in regards to Mental Health support.          They offer: 

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by zachmitchell93 on December 13, 2013
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/917541/suicide-and-depression-awareness-program-reaches-750-000-teenagers-the-partners-for-life-program-plays-a-major-role-in-reducing-the-youth-suicide-rate  

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by Sabrina20 on December 13, 2013
  The Canadian mental health association and the Canadian association of colleges and university students services are docmenting a paper, for students who have mental issue and support their illness.  These resources are a post secondary students mental health it will lead to an approach,  that will help college students and university to understand and support their illness. 

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by tiziana.ox on December 13, 2013
ANEB (Anorexia and bulimia Quebec): ANEB Quebec's mission is to help everybody touched by eating disorders. To carry out this mandate, they provide various services that are offered in French and English. ANEB has 43 members, has its first support group and holds classes/workshops for families. Training for professionals: Workshops offered by ANEB have been developed with the objective of raising professional's awareness of eating disorders; causes, consequences, triggering factos, how to recognize them and how to intervene and communicate with those suffering with an eating disorder.

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by MSmith_17 on December 12, 2013
The Edith & James Flinn Foundation is non-profit organization which is comitted to improve the state of mental health in Michigan.  Their goal as a company is to use its resources through research to devlop, evaluate, and implement the best practice treatment that the people of Michigan require.  This foundation supports many different organiztions across the USA but focuses  on the state of Michigan.  2 months ago this foundation and a few others were awarded over 1.8 million dollars by the US government

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by farrahg.js on December 11, 2013
Friends for Mental Health is a non-profit community organization that guides families towards new paths in learning to live with a mental illness(s). They listen and counsel, they provide information and referals, they offer self-help and respite, and they promote public awareness. They work in collaboration with other professional mental healthcare providers. They provide their services for children, youth, teenagers, adults, and elders. There services are provided for children from the age of 6 years old.

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by scruvellier on December 9, 2013
Teen Mental Health is an organization that is about understanding mental health "helping those who need us most." their goal is to help and improve peoples view on mental health. To help those in need that are suffering with the use of develop application ready training tools, publications and certain resources and tools that allows people that want to help and also the people that are suffering from mental health and mental disorders.   

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by Rebecca_Samaan on December 7, 2013
Canadians responded in a big way when it comes to Bell's Let's Talk Day, they sent out more than 96 million, texts, tweets and Facebook statuses. As Bell promises to donate five cents for each of these communications, the company has announced that on Wednesday it will be donating more than $4.8 million for Canadian mental health programs. Bell first launched Let's Talk initiative in September 2010 with a goal of raising $50 million over five years. Today, the company is now committed in investing $62,043,289.30 in Canadian mental health.

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by ivanamarcovecchio on October 31, 2013
New research from the World Health Organization suggests binge eating patients suffer from life long impairments that are just as harmful as those in bulimia patients. As of may 2013, binge eating is a new diagnosis in the DSM-IV. Binge eating and bulimia have some of the same symptoms, but it had been assumed that bulimia had a bigger impact of illness on patients and the only difference between the 2 disorders is that binge eaters do not make up for their binge, they do not engage in purging, using laxatives or excercising.

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by curield on October 31, 2013
This article is about the murder trial of a man named Thomas Husky, who allegedly kiled 3 woman. The evidence shows that tommy committed the murders and tommy admits to doing so himself. The problem for the jury is that tommy is pleading insanity and claims he has Dissociative identity disorder. He claims that these actions were not committed by him but by his other personality called Tommy

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by yassin.elnaggar on October 22, 2013
This article points out some of the changes made in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and how they change the social and medical understanding of who is a considered mentally ill.  Some of the changes made are considered quite controversial, as the changing criterias may cause some people to be wrongly diagnosed for illnesses, or even more significantly, to remain undiagnosed for an illness that they might suffer from and need help with.

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by scruvellier on October 20, 2013
Many clinics in the states are no longer offer treatment for abortions due to legislative attacks on those who provide these services. Judges have put a temporary stop to certain clinics giving them difficulty to continue the abortion treatment process.     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/abortion-clinic-closures_n_3804...  

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4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for taking the time to read my article and state your opinion on it. I agree with your point that people can get too dependant on medication especially when its for free in countries like canada. The issue that worries me most though is the DSM criteria that I personally think is unfair to a lot of patients that actually have the mental illness, but aren't diagnosed. Something needs to be done about this issue

4 years 1 month ago

thank you very much for you comment. it is clear that someone with an illness should be helped, but when it comes to people dying action has to be taken. the death penalty might not be justified, but a strict form of punishment has to applied

4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for taking the time to state your opinion on my article. As I mentioned before I think that it's unfair for patients that suffer four of five symptoms, whats their illness? They must suffer from something if they have four reoccurring symptoms over a long period of time. If we follow the DSM-IV these patients don't suffer from depression. Then what do they suffer from?

4 years 1 month ago

I think this is a very controversial issue that we have even discussed in class. No one will have a firm answer on what to do with this case but I think the jury has been handling this case perfectly. The prosecution only want to do their job, which is to give him the death sentence, but the jury are being wise about it. My personal opinion though is that no matter which mental illness you have if you killed two people you should be held accountable for it regardless of the circumstances, so I agree with you that he should be punished for the actions he has taken

4 years 1 month ago

Exactly, people have ignored binge eating disorder when many people have been suffering from this disorder. I'm sure there have been many cases where a person may have fallen extremely ill because of their disorder and were not able to recognize or get any help because it hasn't been stated as a disorder or mental illness. As you even mentioned, that you haven't heard about this disorder at all, is sad because people suffer from extreme consequences due to this disorder and were never able to help themselves. At least it has become a diagnosis now and people will be able to overcome the disorder with help from treatment! Thank you for taking the time to read my post and giving your opinion on it!

4 years 1 month ago

I disagree with you because it has been researched for 20 years. they have been researching on disorders that have not been defined properly in the previous DSM. I feel like they know what they are talking about now and would not provide false information. They may still make mistakes but I believe that they have made improvements of the DSM-IV and it will be better for the diagnosis of the patients and the different disorders. It is only normal that they would make improvements after 20 years of research instead of the DSM being inaccurate. Also, the DSM had added new disorders and has changed divided some disorders so everyone can be helped with their disorders depending on their symptoms. I think that they have made it better taking into account the high rate of people who are suffering from mental illness.

4 years 1 month ago

I strongly agree with your point about binge eating disorder not being in the DSM because it's the most common eating disorder. The fact that researchers took binge eating lightly and thought it wouldn't lead to any other mental disorders was wrong, and dangerous for binge eaters. I don't think the disorder is receiving as much attention as other eating disorders, I'll take myself as an example, I didn't know or hear of binge eating disorder before it was presented it class. But I was well aware of other eating disorders like Bulimia, Anorexia. I think they should give binge eating as much attention as other disorders because it is the most common one.

4 years 1 month ago

Thank for your opinion. i agree with you that doctosr will do anything for money. We have to find doctors who are honest to their patients so that the patients can make their own choice.

4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for your response.
More facts about the DSM-5 are more controversial. DSM-5 is eliminating the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder and creating a brand new category called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), described as intense outbursts and irritability beyond normal temper tantrums in young children. I believe that young children can be abnormal at a certain age and that diagnosing them with such a disorder can truly damaged them or aggravate the behavior. This is why it’s important to understand the tine line between this bible and society.

4 years 1 month ago

Thanks for your comment. It's good to see that some people understand diagnosis can be an issue if no help can be provided. Right now we have ways of dealing with many mental illnesses, but we should really look into the ones that could harm others like pedophilia.

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