HLTHAGE 2G03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Thomas R. Insel, Social Comparison Theory, Church Attendance

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Lecture 11: In Search of Good Mental Health
Where We’re at
- Over the last 100 years, pop diagnosed w/ mental illness has increased
considerably, rates of disability owing to mental illness have climbed, numbers of
disorders as increased 4x, and people report more distress
- Also huge expansion of psychiatrists, and life coaches ect.
- More psycho therapies
- More drugs etc
- More ways to treat, and yet problem gets worse, what can we do?
Individualized Solutions
- Typical narratives around improving mental health focus reflects boarders
ideological tendencies toward individualization and personal responsibility
- Much broader way to refer to individualization, seeing that each person experiences
due to something within them, not something to do with other or greater society
- How so?
oMindfulness, yoga, going for a run, dietary changes
oPublic education to recognize the signs of mental disorder and seek
treatment
oProfessional solutions- developing research to “find cures” new treatments
Seligman: the psy-ences have become obsessed with poor mental
health rather than thinking about good mental health
Mental illness rather than mental health etc.
Positive Psychology<- lends heavily to individualist approach
Changing Mental Healthcare
- Fixing the DSM
o Shrinking the number of disorders
Currently expanding to cover more things (behaviours rather than
disorders)
oAcknowledge social construction
Believe that they have always existed, should be more honest that
these are made up, what is acceptable in one place is not in another or
at one time will not be at another
Too easy to pick apart when psychiatry is obsessed with being defined
as medical science rather than an art
oConsumer involvement, transparency
- NIMH’s RDOC <-biggest funder of mental health research
oThomas Insel: “I don’t see a reduction in the rate of suicide or prevalence of
mental illness or any measure of morbidity… patients with mental disorders
deserve better
In effect saying our system does not work, diagnostic, categories of
disorder, treatment, something is awry
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Lecture 11: in search of good mental health. Over the last 100 years, pop diagnosed w/ mental illness has increased considerably, rates of disability owing to mental illness have climbed, numbers of disorders as increased 4x, and people report more distress. Also huge expansion of psychiatrists, and life coaches ect. Typical narratives around improving mental health focus reflects boarders ideological tendencies toward individualization and personal responsibility. Much broader way to refer to individualization, seeing that each person experiences due to something within them, not something to do with other or greater society. How so: mindfulness, yoga, going for a run, dietary changes, public education to recognize the signs of mental disorder and seek treatment, professional solutions- developing research to find cures new treatments. Seligman: the psy-ences have become obsessed with poor mental health rather than thinking about good mental health. Mental illness rather than mental health etc. Positive psychology<- lends heavily to individualist approach.

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