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 oli.langevin_10 on October 17, 2013
Obessive Compulsive Disorder has various sides. The article writting in The Guardian was different from what we normally hear from OCD's. It was the story of a young girl who used the pseudonym Rose Bretécher explaining how she found out she had Pure O, an OCD that is mostly only Obsession's rather than rituals or compulsions like washing your hands compulsively. In this case Rose has sexual images appearing in her head 24/7. Everything she looks at or thinks about is sexual.

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by annclaravaillancourt on October 16, 2013
The controversies created by the DSM-V.

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by annclaravaillancourt on October 16, 2013
The controversies created by the DSM-V.

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by MSmith_17 on October 15, 2013
The article talks about A Panel of medical experts have determined that an experimental insomnia drug from the company Merck & Co is now safe and effective. Despite claims from trial runs that the pill causes daytime sleepiness and difficulty driving. The panel voted that the drug helped patients get to sleep and to stay awake. Merck and Company has suggested a 10 milligram dose but the FDA has asked for a reduced dose

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by farrahg.js on October 14, 2013
http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/controversial-health-topic-is-depres...    

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by zachmitchell93 on October 9, 2013
This article talks about the controversy of treating bipolar patients with antidepressants. It has been widley believed that antidepressants are a trigger for mania and shouldn't be used to treat bipolar patients.

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by Rebecca_Samaan on October 9, 2013
Professor Green has caused an online controversy by claiming that bulimia is "an intelligent eating disorder" on Twitter. In a tweet that he posted on July 28th, he has stated that "bulimia is quite an intelligent eating disorder... it'd be easier just to chew food and spit it out but still, you get to eat whatever you want and stay skinny. #winning." He later responded "queue all the people who start telling me how intensive I am and how bulimia jokes aren't funny yadda yadda yadda..

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by SpencerK23 on September 12, 2013
"Confessions of a Kleptomaniac"  by Dylan Lavene is an article that tells the story of a kleptomaniac who confesses his moments of deviance for the entertainment and education of others. Prior to summarizing the story, it is important to be familiar with the term "kleptomania" seeing as it appears again and again throughout the article. According to a psychiatric study done in 2004, kleptomania is defined "as a recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects that are not needed for personal use or for their monetary value.

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by scruvellier on September 12, 2013
According to Researchers people that are bipolar die on average about a decade before someone who is not bipolar. The reasons for them dying so much before is because being bipolar brings its own risks, and other disorders and diseases, such as; COPD, diabetes, unintentional injuries, the flu, pulmonary disorder and much more. A women has twice the chance of dying if she is diagnosed with being bipolar. About 14 deaths per 1000 people die every year but for those who are bipolar it is 24 deaths per 1000 people.

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by annclaravaillancourt on September 11, 2013
A new study shows that anywhere from 10 to 20 per cent of people with substance abuse problems also have a significant gambling problem and yet only a few programs are targeted for these people. The main problem is that most of the social service agencies don't have the funds to treat them.

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by oli.langevin_10 on September 11, 2013
The article published by BBC News talks about the difficulties a young man is living with everyday. His diffculty is OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Various types of OCD's exist, but in this article the young man has symetrical OCD. What this means is that he has to do everything with both his left hand and right hand or left foot or right foot. As he explains, it may seem simple to live with and not to overwhelming, but when you think about it you realize how hard it actually is.

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by tiziana.ox on September 11, 2013
Article title: Eating disorders on the rise in Canada, as sufferers wait for treatmentArticle link: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/letstalk/eating-disorders-on-the-rise-in-ca...My username: tiziana.ox@hotmail.com

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by yassin.elnaggar on September 11, 2013
Depression is a mental state and condition that adversely affects a person’s behavior, thoughts and mental well-being. Generally, depression causes sadness, anxiety, emptiness and/or restlessness. A lot of times, depression can be a very crippling mental illness, because it is one of those few ones that are difficult to even notice, let alone diagnose properly.

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by zachlukas on September 11, 2013
Could be facebook causing more harm than good?

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by farrahg.js on September 10, 2013
As alcohol consumption increased world wide, there were previous studies that have shown that heavy alcohol consumption is related to developing mental health problems, such as depression. In a new article in BMC Medicine, there was a study that was made, where researchers reported on a group study that followed 5,500 light-to-moderate drinkers for up to seven years to study the relationship between alcohol intake and depression.

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by Rebecca_Samaan on September 9, 2013
A study done by SANE Australia reports that the stigma along with the discrimanation against people who suffer from mental illness is widespread and harmful to recovery. The new report A Life Without Stigma is there to tackle stigma and any sort of discrimanation associated with mental illnesses in which they state is extremely vital. According to Jack Health, CEO of SANE Australia "Stigma is a major issue for people affected by mental illness, influencing how they are viewed and how they view themselves." "It is destructive, hurtful, and excluding.

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Thank you Spencer, I appreciate that we have the same views on this topic.

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The very last sentence you wrote is an excellent way of differentiating between shoplifters and kleptomaniacs in regards to punishment and treatment. You stated that Kleptomaniacs should be treated whereas shoplifters should be sentenced in the court of law. I would have to agree, considering Kleptomania is an impulse control disorder that one simply cannot control and get a grasp of, these individuals cannot be fully liable for their actions. Shoplifters on the other hand are people who steal items of high monetary value or for personal use, not because they have urges but because they simply want the item but cannot afford it or aren't willing to fork over the money. Shoplifters, contrary to Kleptomaniacs, are able to control themselves but often do not want to, they do not suffer from urges and impulses, thus should be completely liable for their actions. It is for this very reason that shoplifters are considered thiefs and are dealt with through the criminal justice system.

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Yes I agree with you! We should definitely raise an awareness about the physical symptoms of depression, cause personally I had no clue about this before reading this article and I'm quite sure that it's the same for most people! Thanks for you comment.

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I completely agree with you. Everyone is different and for sure medical research is advancing, but is it only to help society cope better with those who have difficulties? A book is nice to see what the main problems are and when you say that 46% of the population is going to meet at least one of the criteria’s during their lifetime, I think we need to look elsewhere from the book. Society is evolving at a faster rate than before and I think criteria’s in a book are old fashioned. It’s very easy to meet everything and then get treatment, while in fact nothing is wrong with that person. We should focus on new methods for diagnostics to actually find who has problems.

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the more i think about it the drug can be revoultionary in terms of being the first drug to really
control insomnia and maybe could lead to solving other mental health problems in the futture.

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I completely agree with you statement about the new drug that can help insomnia patients because it’s medical issue that has to be treated. I find that it’s a good way of starting the drugs with a low dose and if it doesn’t work they can higher the dose according to their need. I approve for this drug and hope it goes into the market in the future so that people can have better sleep.

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I agree with you.
Very interesting article that needs to get out there because knowing that OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions, once a doctor diagnose a patient with this disorder , sometimes forget to bring the test to another level simply because the patient has already been diagnosed with a disorder. I think this article is very important because after a diagnosis, what should a doctor do if the patient is suffering from another illness that can arm others and cant get the right treatment for it ?

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I couldn't agree more. The United States has the largest economy in the world when being measured by GDP, the amount of money that circulates through the US is endless. That being said, when speaking of such large quantities of money, why stress over the small amounts that matter? Truth of the matter is, New York City is the Grand Central Station of the United States, "The Big Apple", most major business transactions in the United States are in New York City or at least touch base there. It is most important to protect your own and keep your own safe and healthy. In this particular situation, those who suffer from PTSD due to 9/11 are mostly citizens of NYC, New York's own people. These people should be compensated to the full extent, and the United States can afford to do so without batting so much as an eyelash. Back to the point you made above where one is not to discriminate based on what illness or disorder he/she suffers from. Once again, I could not agree more. Whether it be Kleptomania, DID, Depression, PTSD, or any other mental health disorder that is directly the cause of or linked to 9/11, it is the City or Country's job to take care of the health of their very own, regardless of whether or not they caused the harm done.

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i agree with your point about people becoming dependant upon medical help and medication they dont need. some people who are slightly mentally ill, will be diagnosed and will start acting the part. this affects peoples minds and they become dependant one the help they get adn the medication they receive. all this while taking away from some people who are very sick and really need the help. this is a probleme in a country like canada where people will receive treatment almost free, taking away from others who are in dire need of some help.

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I will have to agree with Spencer, depending on the severity of the case...Kleptomaniacs should be able to be treated instead of being sent to jail. I believe that it's evident to see the difference between a Kleptomaniac and a shoplifter desperate for goods. Kleptomania is a mental illness that is in the DSM diagnostic and it should very well be categorized as one in any situation. Like Spencer I do find it a touchy subject because they are many ways to look out. Although Spencer's point that they can easily tell the difference between a shoplifter and kleptomaniac is important because it can give someone the proper treatment they deserve and a shoplifter the proper sentence they deserve.

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