PSYA02H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 16: Cognitive Therapy, Mental Disorder, Disulfiram
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PSYA02H3 Full Course Notes
1 in 5 people experience a psychological disorder in their lifetime. Over the past several decades, attitudes toward therapy have changed. Celebrities talk about traumatic childhoods, drug abuse, relationship problems etc. Not all groups of people are equally likely to seek psychological treatment. Women participate in therapy more than men, people aged 35 through 55 seek treatment more often than younger adults and the elderly. Asian canadians and people of native descent are less likely to seek mental health treatment than caucasians. Disorders are ambiguous; there is no objective, easily defined line between mentally healthy and mentally ill. A person may believe that he/she is sad, not depressed. A person may believe that he/she is stressed, not exhibiting an anxiety disorder; as a result, people do not want to see themselves as mentally ill. People will minimalize their symptoms, making themselves and others believe they are healthier than they really are.