Psychology of Mental Health Fall 2014

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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.

Centennial College
by Louis Myard on September 12, 2014
Article Selection:  http://www.salon.com/2013/08/06/my_anorexic_9_year_old/ Article Summary & Critique:

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by Shaun on September 12, 2014
http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/09/11/stress-can-hasten-death-in-older-men/74742.html  

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5 years 6 months ago

On a somewhat unrelated note, I think that before choosing a Halloween costume that might be considered racist to another culture, we must think of mental health. Many people might be oblivious to the fact they are discriminating and don't understand the effect they might have. An example of this I would like to address, would be dressing up as Indigenous people for Halloween. Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Indigenous Australians are twice as likely to die by suicide as non-Indigenous Australians, and are almost three times more likely to experience psychological distress.
A potential solution: stop and think before I make a decision for a Halloween costume. Might I potentially offend a specific group of people? If so, just pick something else. I mean there are literally a million different options for costumes out there that aren't racist, it shouldn't be too hard to pick one.
It may seem harmless to someone at the time, but who knows what might happen to them next, they could have some serious mental health issues down the road. Do you want to be responsible for that?

5 years 6 months ago

Okay, first of all, in some aspects you are right about texting and emails in terms of our brain being very adaptable in the way we do certain things on a daily basis. Yes, our writing styles have changed but to say that Shakespeare would be a nobody in this day in age is not true. A lot of the way we write derived from the way Shakespeare wrote. He's a major influence even until this very day, and just because in today's society, our writing styles are different, it doesn't mean we do not appreciate his work. You cannot justify the fact that Shakespeare is not important because some of us do not write in the same styles he did. I can honestly say that the way we write now does not mean it is heavily influence on everyone. There are many people who do not write the same way in essays as they would in text messages. Yes, the way we usually talk and text can have an influence on how you write in school, but some people can distinguish from that. Personally, I think this connects to mental health because the way certain people write can be affected by depression. Sometimes when we are depress, we do not put that much effort into how we write because the mindset can be so distracted by how we feel, hence it will affect the way we perform in school or the way we write.

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I agree with most of your points, however i'd like you to pay more attention to some other details. What if students have a mental disorder that strongly handicaps them to pay attention or even learn? What if there are students who suffer from attention deficit? What happens to them? Should they follow the same "treatment" ? Most of the time, decisions are made without focusing as much on people with mental disorders as they should be. I think they should have the same lead; assistance and a specific learning technique that teachers should use. Even though it is really hard for them to pay attention; it is not impossible. The task will be more difficult for teachers, but again it is necessary pain to ensure necessary gain. It is considered normal that teachers spend more time with students that are in difficulty so it wouldn't be surprising if they gave more time for people who need it. Basically, the resources that are available depend on the teachers and the technique they use for students to acquire and keep the knowledge through active learning. In my opinion however, there should secondary classes to help students remember what they learned. It should be accessible for everybody, no need to have attention deficit to attend them.These smaller classes composed of students that WANT to be here would reduce the chances for the students to be distracted. Therefore, the teacher's time would be more efficiently used to help people in need.This technique is already being used, mostly in private schools. I think it should be used more often and with more teachers that are willing to help students in difficulty.

5 years 6 months ago

Your first sentence caught my eye, I agree with what you're saying from personal experiences and from the media. Fathers do treat their sons and daughters differently, girls are watched and followed even after they turn 18 while boys are pretty much thrown into the world at the age of 15. With nothing but rules on how to be a "real man," boys are taught that they hold power over women, men should do the working and women should be housewives. This is still taught to kids in school, through movies, history and news articles. This kind of thing where boys can't show weakness or pain can cause depression, because if they do they'll just be made fun of. They have no one to vent to which can lead to relationship problems in adulthood.

5 years 6 months ago

First, I'd like to say that you don't have to mention the fact that you're from America to justify the idea that you were shocked by unequal treatment of women. Americans are not the only ones caring about equal rights, not at all actually. Also,yes the final choice of abortion should belong to women (and it does) but ultimately, it is their sperm, their child. So they should have a say in the story. I mean, you can't always just ignore the man's opinion if what's inside the woman's belly belongs to him also. Also because, it puts weight on the women's shoulders of taking the decision and considering the consequences

5 years 6 months ago

First, I'd like to say that you don't have to mention the fact that you're from America to justify the idea that you were shocked by unequal treatment of women. Americans are not the only ones caring about equal rights, not at all actually. Also,yes the final choice of abortion should belong to women (and it does) but ultimately, it is their sperm, their child. So they should have a say in the story. I mean, you can't always just ignore the man's opinion if what's inside the woman's belly belongs to him also. Also because, it puts weight on the women's shoulders of taking the decision and considering the consequences

Reply to: June 9th
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with what you wrote. Justin needed both a diagnosis and treatment. It could have prevented the deaths of those police officers, and a prison sentence for the obviously mentally ill.

Reply to: Depression
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with George if you are feeling depressed you should seek a professional for help as soon as possible. Depression can form in may ways depending on the events that occur in peoples lives some take it better than others but those who don't, and get affected by depression should seek help right away before it leads to a tragedy.

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5 years 7 months ago

I agree with you 100% in the sense that if his family took the initiative to step in and seek out the help that he needs, and that could have changed the whole outcome of the situation like you stated. Your response was very clear and very understandable.

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