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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6 années 7 mois 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

6 années 7 mois 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

6 années 7 mois 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?

6 années 7 mois 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

6 années 7 mois 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!

6 années 7 mois 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.

6 années 7 mois 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.

6 années 7 mois 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.

6 années 7 mois 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.

6 années 7 mois 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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