Psychology of Mental Health Fall 2014

About this class

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 gabemiller95 on November 26, 2014
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/luka-magnotta-diagnosed-paranoid-schizophrenic-decade-before-killing http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/another-psychiatrist-tells-magnotta-murder-trial-accused-was-in-psychotic-state Luka Magnotta

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by Shaun on October 21, 2014
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/justin-bourque-admits-to-ta...

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by francesco12 on October 15, 2014
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/metro-north-train-crash-tragedy-raises-questions-about-adequate-sleep/    

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by Kohli95 on October 14, 2014
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/justin-bourque-admits-to-ta...

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by MalloryJ on October 11, 2014
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2782811/Girl-held-hospital-against-year-bitter-custody-battle-rushed-severe-pain.html Summary:  

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by nickiesha on October 11, 2014
Option 1 : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/moncton-shooting-suspect-had-ranting-and-raging-paranoia-father-says/article19463325/, http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1212634-who-is-justin-bourqu, http://www.nug

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by jayscavo on October 10, 2014
  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/justin-bourque-admits-to-ta...  

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by phillip on October 10, 2014
Post a link to the current June 9th article (1) http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/06/09/moncton-prepares-to-mourn-slain-mounties-at-tuesday-funeral

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by adamt95 on October 10, 2014
Australian native, Alan Leslie Styman was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2004. For those who aren't aware, narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder, which gives you an "excessive" urge to sleep, at what can be charecterized as "innapropriate" times. In 2010, due to his narcolepsy, Styman crashed his car into a tree, killing his finacee. Just prior to the accident, Styman experienced a "microsleep", which is a brief sleep period. He tried to apply the breaks, but it was too late. If you thought this wasn't already bad enough, Styman had been told by a specialist NOT to drive.

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by fadel sultan on October 10, 2014
1. Article Link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/all-shell-want-christmas-two-4413074 

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by George1234 on September 16, 2014
Link to the Article: http://cmhc.utexas.edu/depression.html                                                                                 The article talks about the topic of depression. It is sometimes hard to pin point whether we, ourselves are depressed. It is a very informative article on detecting signs of the mental illness. Some of the questions you need to ask yourself are how frequently am I depressed, how severe is it and how long does the depression lasts. 

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by francesco12 on September 14, 2014
“More must be done to help people with mental health problems stay in work” by Sarah Boseley, health editor, is an article that explains that more must be done to help people with mental health disorders to stay in work and avoid problems by just being aware and treated for their problems. Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies says mental illness cost £100bn last year yet 75% of people received no treatment. Dame sally davies states that people need to be more aware of mental health problems because it affects the economy tremendously.

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by gabemiller95 on September 13, 2014
“How police can avoid shooting the mentally ill” by David M. Perry, dealt with four police murder cases where the diseased had a history of mental health issues and was holding a weapon. Due to police training, the tragic ending that follows becomes inevitable when dealing with a person with psychiatric disability. “Psychiatric disability refers to mental illness that "significantly interferes with the performance of major life activities," a category that clearly applies to people whose "erratic behavior" got them killed by police.” (CNN).

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by fadel sultan on September 12, 2014
Article: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/06/my_anorexic_9_year_old/  

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by MalloryJ on September 12, 2014
Anxiety/Sleeping pills can increase Alzheimer's risk   http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/alzheimer-s-risk-possibly-raised-with-use-of-anxiety-sleeping-pills-study-1.2761931   Summary

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by jayscavo on September 12, 2014
Psychology Mental Health James Hughes-Scavone     Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marvin-ross/mental-health_b_4652339.html Don’t confuse mental health with addiction   Summary  

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by Kohli95 on September 12, 2014
Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophernia can result in various ways, there can be a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behaviour. 

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by adamt95 on September 12, 2014
Childhood mental health disabilities has rose 16% over the past 10 years. While physical problems have actually decreased, there was a significant rise in mental health issues, such as ADHD and autism, these can also be classified as neurodevelopmental problems. It just so happens that children from poorer families had the highest rates of mental health issues. Also, children living in more affluent neighbourhoods, reported the largest increase in mental health problems, at around 28%.

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by nickiesha on September 12, 2014
What is Social Anxiety Disorder?   http://www.anxietybc.com/resources/social.phpn   Summary:  

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2 years 11 months ago

Thank you for your response. I don't remember the story that well, or why I wrote what I wrote, but here is my response nonetheless.

As a man, and a human being, I disagree with your argument. Yes, society places pressures and imposes norms on us since a young age, but the will to be independent and the mind to be critical of these outside influences are skills that every human being is capable of.

Hegemony is to blame, yes, but so are we. Before we focus on societal problems, we must first look at ourselves, and how we exist in these environments. That type of self-awareness is necessary if we wish to properly change the world.

Mental health involves what I was speaking about in the paragraphs above. Awareness and understanding of the self is key if we wish to defened the health of our mental and emotional state from toxic outside influences...and ourselves.

Shooting three people is not the act of a person who properly deals with the pain inside them--regardless of if that pain was caused by others.

Pain makes villains of us all when we blame others. At the end of the day, you have a choice to be self-aware or not.

And, if you are afraid to be, that is not a good enough excuse. You will wish to deal with your pain through projection, blame, and other destructive behaviours.

We are all responsible for ourselves.

4 years 7 months ago

I strongly with all the facts you put into this response to the article "Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too." The biggest problem we have today is that we ignore the big problems rather than fixing them. The news hides the truth about these issues by covering them with more eye-catching stories. This is a serious problem that needs to be fixed in order to have a good future for ourselves and our children. In order to have a sustainable future we have to start focusing on the issues rather than neglected them. We as a society have to find a solution to this massive problem, if we don't it could lead to bigger problems that we will have to deal with later on, we have to figure out a way to put a stop to this careless behaviour that is putting the marine animals in danger. If law programs all over the world continue to do the research they are doing it will make a difference, but if not the result will be costly.

Reply to: June 9th
4 years 10 months ago

Unfortunately it is difficult to recognize the depth of the mental illness, and this is a case where clearly it wasn't seen early enough. I agree that police should have been called earlier, and I also think the father should have reported the assault rifle earlier for prevention.

4 years 10 months ago

The entire case in which Quantel Lott is being handed a life sentence for a homicide completely negates the possibility of mental illness being a factor in why this homicide took place.
I believe that Quantel could very well suffer from dissociative amnesia. Psychogenic amnesia, or dissociative amnesia, is a memory disorder characterized by sudden autobiographical memory loss, said to occur for a period of time ranging from hours to years. More recently, dissociative amnesia has been defined as a dissociative disorder characterized by retrospectively reported memory gaps. These gaps involve an inability to recall personal information, usually of a traumatic or stressful nature.
As you mentioned Quantel's life is saturated with reasons for having dissociative amnesia given all of the traumatic experiences he has endured (uncle being shot, constant physical abuse).
It is possible that Quantel was suffering from an episode of dissociative amnesia which would make him unaware of his actions and not consciously present as he committed the homicide.
I think that after considering this the next step of action would be to request the court to run a full psychological evaluation of Quantel. Following that if he truly suffers from this mental illness or any other, the ruling should be reconsidered and re-issued towards placing him in an environment where people around him are equipped to help him with his mental illness.
The methods of treating dissociative amnesia are : Psychotherapy, Medication, Cognitive Therapy, Family Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis
The first goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and control any problem behavior. Treatment then aims to help the person safely express and process painful memories, develop new coping and life skills, restore functioning, and improve relationships. The best treatment approach depends on the individual and the severity of his or her symptoms.

4 years 10 months ago

I really enjoyed your great summary, and I believe that the statistics of your response were great, but there is one factor that is missing for homelessness. That factor is mental disorders and how it destroys the patient’s life and the life around them. Schizophrenia is a disorder that many people are have, yet sometimes the opportunity to find help is impossible for them, which means they cant even be diagnosed. People with schizophrenia slowly destroy their social and work life until they end up homeless. I believe that there could be a lot more done for people who end up homeless, such as an increase in local homeless shelters that provides food, and weekly check up’s by doctors. Homelessness is a huge issue and people seem to forget about how a mental disorder can often be the reason that causes a person to become homeless.

4 years 10 months ago

I really enjoyed your great summary, and I believe that the statistics of your response were great, but there is one factor that is missing for homelessness. That factor is mental disorders and how it destroys the patient’s life and the life around them. Schizophrenia is a disorder that many people are have, yet sometimes the opportunity to find help is impossible for them, which means they cant even be diagnosed. People with schizophrenia slowly destroy their social and work life until they end up homeless. I believe that there could be a lot more done for people who end up homeless, such as an increase in local homeless shelters that provides food, and weekly check up’s by doctors. Homelessness is a huge issue and people seem to forget about how a mental disorder can often be the reason that causes a person to become homeless.

4 years 10 months ago

Hi Anne,

I am commenting on this article for a mental health class. I am supposed to connect an article to mental health. I feel that child labor in general is something that is off limits. You can't make a children work in hazardous conditions where they can severely damage their health or even die. Although, children in Gaza work to provide for their family. Some families have only one choice to live; make their children work. The problem is that children are vulnerable, it could lead to stress. Other than living in Gaza and feeling fear everyday, you go to your job and work for 12 hours. That could easily get an adult stressed, imagine a 13 year old child. That will lead him to get GAS (General adaptation disorder), which is the body's short-term and long-term reaction to stress. The children there are not getting the eduction they should be getting from whatever reason. Nations around the world should be more aware of what is happening to the children of Gaza, they are the next generation. If this generation grows up in these conditions, with no education, and with the mind-set they have, it might be even worse than it is now. I thank you for posting this article because child labor is a problem nowadays and it needs to stop.

Thank you,
Fadel Sultan

Reply to: Sleep vs. College
4 years 10 months ago

sleep vs college, in the article it is mentioned that lack of sleep is caused by stress, partying and all nighters of studying. although studies show that only 11% of college students in the country actually get the right amount of sleep. studies also show that 18% of men and 30% of women in college suffer from insomnia so it does not exactly mean that it is by choice that college students don't get the right amount of sleep, but simply because they might not know that they are suffering from a sleep disorder. Another major point this article brings up is the amount of sleep that you get affects your mood and your ability to focus. This problem can also lead to other mental illnesses like depression. A diagnosis would be a great option for college students to get so they can further examine why they are sleep deprived and find a way to help the lack of sleep. this would also contribute to preventing any further mental disorders from occurring and overall just improve the life style of the average college student

4 years 10 months ago

Hi Kamal, I am doing a response for my mental health psychology class.

Response:
I can agree with Mr. Fosters article that i think as well as the CIA can be going to far because we should all have our human rights, no one should be harmed in any psychical or mental way. On the other hand i do believe in utilitarianism, which is the maximized total benefit of a situation. I believe if this one man holds information that can be good to help many people or even save many people that the CIA must do whatever it takes to obtain that information. So are they going to far or are they just trying to protect everyone else? Thats my opinion on this topic

My assignment: I can now relate this post to a mental health concern. These CIA men, doctors and witness's that have seen or have to watch a man be tortured. The beating, the actions, the aggression and everything that has to do with torture can have a correlation and link to post-traumatic stress disorder in those people's lives. This torture to the enemy could be causing mental health issues to themselves. Being a witness of these events just as your job can be causing helplessness, horror, fear, nightmares, disruptive responses and other bad situations. It is the same example for what a soldier can go through or even someone with an abusive family being apart of these torture events. My opinion is that even though they probably won't stop with torture and everything they do behind close doors, but i would suggest to them to take proper action in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder in these peoples lives.

We can be preventing and treating this disorder by things like the following things: Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy: Exposing yourself to your thoughts, feelings and situations that remind you to the trauma. Family therapy: This therapy can help make families understand what the person is going through and can help communication. Medication: Antidepressants given to help feel less sad, worried, on the edge but they do not treat the causes of PTSD.

If you are unaware or would like to know more about PTSD i have posted a few links that have helped me with my assignment in the past. This is something that should be taken very seriously and hopefully prevented. No one deserves to go through anything traumatizing but i do hope for the future people understand so they can help those who need it.

Thanks, James Hughes-Scavone

http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/#.VGqipL...

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/post-traumatic-stress-diso...

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-diso...

http://www.anxietybc.com/resources/ptsd.php

4 years 10 months ago

Hi Anne,

I will be commenting on your post for a class of mine. This assignment includes proposing a mental health connection a post that seemingly has none. I believe that the connection to mental health has to do with the environment these children are in. (When I say environment, I am talking about that part of the causal chain). The causal chain is about the thoughts and feelings of an individual, how an environment affects them, and the behavior they express. Due to Hamas, and their offensive against Israel, the population of Gaza is put in a tricky situation. Hamas is making Gaza their own missile storage space, and Israel is forced to defend itself. They are caught in the middle of something terrible, and as such, they must do what they can to survive. The environment they are in influences their thoughts and feelings, and when it comes to survival, the former is much more powerful. Psychologically, the behavior they express would be one much more numb than once Hamas is destroyed. Once the terrorists leave Gaza alone, things like education will never be thrown away, as survival would not be as much an issue as before. However, the lasting affect of all this? Probably PTSD and/or dissociation. The environment is the cause of all this.

I propose that Hamas cease to exist, as all this would never have happened. There would be less threats to mental health and safety in general.

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