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Lecture 16

Lecture 16 Notes (Chapter 14 & 15) Detailed notes taken during the lecture. Talks about chapter 14 and 15. Includes: stigma, anxiety, disorders, mental illness, hypomania, abnormality, normality, treatment, sociocultural causes

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PS101 Nov. 9, 2010 Chapter 14 & 15 Final exam will contain 100 multiple choice questions, containing 25 items from ch. 14 to 15 - Stigma - The minute you seek the help of a mental health hospital, you feel rejection - Rejection becomes linear - Depression costs us billions for years, yet those who are depressed often do not seek help - Roughly 2.7 million Canadians suffer from mental illness - We still stigmatize them - Society does not want to confront them face to face - Mood disorders - Teenagers and young adults are hit the hardest with mood disorders - 1 out of 4 seek help - What we see in reality is just an excess - They are not radically different - If you saught no help, there is no rejection - If you saught the help of a friend or support group, little rejection - The minute you admit that you have had help from a profession, rejection completely kicks in - Public health officials have never accepted psychological health problems o They use mortality - Anxiety disorders don’t kill, but the suffering from these disorders is horrendous - DALY: Disability Adjusted Life Year o Because these mental illness, we lose one year of efficiency that is not characterized by suffering o Mental disorders score higher than cardiovascular illness and cancer combined - Disability caused by depression was found to be equivalent to that found by blindness - Canada has the highest suicide rate between ages 15-54 - For every diagnosed patient, there are 20 suffering that have yet to be diagnosed - Mental illness or abnormal behaviours represent exaggerations, distortions, or impoverishments of normal behaviour - Hypomania - What appears to be normal and then you see exaggerated versions of the normal - Impoverished behaviours in public that would only be done in private - When people begin to think that the mentally ill are different, abnormal behaviour can be linked to normal behaviours Goals 1. Describe the diagnostic categories 2. Explaining 3. Predicting 4. Modifying abnormal behaviours - Psychotherapy gives the same changes and results as Prozac over time PS101 Nov. 9, 2010 -
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