Project #87417 - Psychology

 For this assignment make sure to answer all questions for Part 1 and 2 by Saturday, October 17, 2015. 

To support your work, make sure to utilize your course and text readings. When asked, also utilize outside sources. As in all assignments, make sure to cite and provide references for your sources utilizing APA format.

 

Part 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 likeinsane, moron, idiot, and imbecile were commonly used to describe individuals who would today be diagnosed with mental illness or mental retardation. Mental hygienewas 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 (2013) being the latest one. The purpose of a classification system like the DSM-5 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-5.

To get a better understanding of how the DSM-5 lists mental disorders and how they are defined it is recommended to use this phrase in your search.

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. There are several disorder listed that you can review and choose for this assignment.  Make sure to cite and reference the web source using APA format.

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?
  • Describe the genetics and biological factors related to the disorder if listed.
  • 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. 

Part 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.

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