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