PSYCH101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Bipolar Disorder, American Psychiatric Association, Mental Health Professional

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The medical model: superstition, possession: exorcism, witchcraft: torture, affliction: prayer. Schizophrenia: people act in a bizarre way and say weird things (people 400 years ago thought mental illness was a possession) Too rare for people to consider other reasons. Or witchcraft because that is why they are acting bizarre. Prior to this model (people with schizophrenia were put in jail) To protect and get them out of the way. Moral or social issue masquerading as a medical issue. Homosexuality was treated as a mental disorder due to moral issues people had with it. Should not be treated as a disease; drugs are not the answer to all problems. Tends to focus on the mechanism, but ignores the function. Dsm: diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (dsm) published by american. Most people diagnosed remain functional, and most recover. Signs & symptoms: dsm treats disorders as independent entities with clear boundaries.

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