DQ 1 The philosophy and attitudes related to the treatment of mental illness have come a long way in the last century. In the early part of the twentieth century, terms like insane, moron, idiot, and imbecile were commonly used to describe individuals who would today be diagnosed with mental illness or mental retardation. Mental hygiene was a term commonly used instead of mental illness to refer to individuals who were imbalanced, or not normal. In the early to the mid-twentieth century, a common practice in the treatment of individuals with chronic mental illnesses was to house them in large institutions. Medications for the treatment of mental illness, such as antipsychotics, became common only in the 1950s, with the introduction of Thorazine. One of the more challenging issues in the treatment of mental illness is to define a particular disorder. In 1952, the APA published DSM. This manual attempted to classify disorders based on a standardized set of symptoms. Over the years, the manual has been revised with the DSM-IV-TR (text revision, 2000) being the latest one. The purpose of a classification system like the DSM-IV-TR is to standardize the diagnostic criteria. The type of treatment and services then can be based, in a standardized fashion, on the diagnosis. The purpose of this assignment is to examine a mental illness by reviewing the diagnostic criteria contained in DSM-IV-TR. To get a better understanding of how the DSM-IV-TR lists mental disorders and how they are defined it is recommended to use this phrase in your search: BehaveNet Clinical Capsule. On that web site go to the DSM-IV-TR section and click on classification. To get a better understanding of a mental disorder it is recommended that you use the National Institute of Mental Health's web site. This government web site lists and explains in detail what you need to know regarding a particular mental disorder. Use the key words: National Institute of Mental Health. When in that site you can use their search engine to find a particular mental disorder. Research a disorder by using the resources mentioned above. Answers the following questions in your essay: • Describe the disorder. What are the typical symptoms of the disorder? • What is the typical age of onset of the disorder? • Is the disorder more prevalent in men or in women? Justify your answers with appropriate reasoning and research from your text and course readings. Comment on the postings of at least two peers, and provide an analysis of each peer’s postings while also suggesting specific additions or clarifications for improving the discussion question response.
DQ 2 Most introductory psychology texts explain in some detail the symptoms and prevalence of mental illness, which many psychology students can use to understand their own mental health. However, there is a significant difference between short-term mood changes and long-term changes in behavior that may indicate mental illness. Certain types of psychotherapies have been proven to be more successful in treating certain types of mental illnesses. Choose two types of psychotherapies and compare their strengths and weaknesses. Describe the types of mental illnesses that are best treated using the types of psychotherapies you chose. Explain why some therapies are more suited for a particular type of mental illness.
Wk 5 Assignment 2 Assignment 2:
Summary Assignment II The purpose of this assignment is to review your knowledge of the major areas in this course based on the course competencies. Use your text and lecture readings to support your work. For this assignment no outside sources will be accepted as cited references (e.g. Wiki, web pages, other textbooks, newspapers, magazines and journal articles) except the following: National Institute of Mental Health (information on psychological disorders and treatment) For this essay you will need to incorporate the following: o Apply the appropriate terms and concepts used in psychology. o Utilize APA format and style. Write a 5-6 page essay that covers the following: o Explain the various major areas of psychology. • Developmental psychology • Cognitive psychology • Behavioral psychology • Social psychology o Explain personality, how it is measured, and how it is used in psychology. o Explain the importance of understanding the brain and nervous system when studying psychology. o Applied psychology. • Describe at least one major psychological disorder • Explain psychotherapy and describe at least one type. Submit your essay in a 5–6 page Microsoft Word document to the W5: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Cite your sources on a separate page using the APA format.