HLTHAGE 2G03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Mental Disorder, Royal Institute Of Technology, Psychopathology

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Lecture 1
Wed 4-6pm - KTH 230
savellm@mcmaster.ca
Why “Mental” Health
- the line b/w physical and mental is not as clear as dualists would assume - i.e. causes,
experience, symptom expression
- heart rate, respiration, nervous systems may all reflect mental phenomena.. not just physical
issues
Despite the links b/w body and mind, physical state cannot necessarily give an indication
of mental health
whether tense shoulders or shortness of breath, myriad explanations
therefore, mental health is almost entirely self reported - we have to rely on first persons
accounts - great importance of self perception* - mental health enters the physical world
When we say mental health, we’re referring to feelings, thoughts, cognition and self
concept
What does good Mental Health Mean?
good: if there is no objective measurement and there is no real way of telling no
generally accepted definition of good mental health contested there is no way to
know
Minimalist: absence of mental disorder (person is mentally healthy)
some broader good mental health considerations are: the ability to get on in every day
life and the ability to connect with other people all of this is social criteria/cultural
criteria..- ability to enjoy ones self, the ability to handle stress, discomfort and
change…the ability to handle stress, discomfort and change, sense of psychological and
emotional wellbeing, capability and flexibility.. is all good mental health
** mental health is not just a person, or an individual trait, mental health is not entirely personal,
its linked to others. We must consider mental health in a social context **
Ways of thinking about poor mental health: What does this actually look like?
Distress Model (dimensional): mental illnesses do not exist as independent entities,
rather, all people score on a continuum of psychological distress
sensations such as sadness, worry, hostility, anger, frustration, tension,
loneliness, mistrust are part of everyday life
Those who experience substantial amounts of these negative phenomena may
be considered unwell or distressed, but “disease” may be a misnomer
Disorder Model (Categorical)
-assumes mental illness exist as discrete categories, one “has it” or one does not
this is based on disease model - specific causes, specific treatments one is defined by their
label
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The line b/w physical and mental is not as clear as dualists would assume - i. e. causes, experience, symptom expression. Heart rate, respiration, nervous systems may all reflect mental phenomena not just physical issues. Despite the links b/w body and mind, physical state cannot necessarily give an indication of mental health. When we say mental health, we"re referring to feelings, thoughts, cognition and self concept. Good: if there is no objective measurement and there is no real way of telling no generally accepted definition of good mental health contested there is no way to know. Minimalist: absence of mental disorder (person is mentally healthy) ** mental health is not just a person, or an individual trait, mental health is not entirely personal, its linked to others. We must consider mental health in a social context ** Distress model (dimensional): mental illnesses do not exist as independent entities, rather, all people score on a continuum of psychological distress.

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