The untrained individuals would look at psychopathology as being a study of mental disorders on the mere manifestation of different behaviors. However, we in the field of psychology would determine what is by going through the basics. It is commonly referred to as abnormal psychology which is the clear understanding of nature, certain treatments, and the many different causes. There are several ways in fact to where individuals in the field of psychology may use to explain psychology. For example, one psychologist may use descriptive psychopathology to which will strive to provide answers for symptoms or mental illness.
Nowadays psychosurgery is used only in very exceptional circumstances. Many studies using MRI scans have evaluated the appropriateness of psychosurgery and have actually shown that there is abnormal functioning in the frontal lobes of the brain in schizophrenia sufferers, and therefore it may be that some kind of psychosurgery that reduces the functioning of the frontal lobe may actually help to control the symptoms of some sufferers. Tooth and Newton (1961) reported on the effectiveness of psychosurgery carried out between 1942 and 1954. Few sufferers (4%) had died of the surgery, and at least 69% showed improvement of some kind, 41% significantly so. They stated that it is therefore very effective.
Probably one of the most interesting factors contributing to the biological aspect of depression is heredity. Depressive disorders have been found to have a genetic component, especially for bipolar disorder, meaning that a biological vulnerability for depression can be present from birth. Having depression in one’s immediate family does not guarantee diagnosis of depression and people with no family history can become depressed. There is also a biochemical factor caused by abnormalities in the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain (Bernstein et al., 2007). In particular, neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine are found to be at lower levels in people with MDD.
Discuss the problems related with identifying and diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder 1. INTRODUCTION The aim of this paper is to discuss the multitude of problems that complicate the identification and diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. New Research on Borderline Personality Disorder is lagging far behind other disorders and the figures indicate that many cases still go undiagnosed which implies many cases never get the proper treatment they deserve (Gunderson, 2009 and Meyerson in Phend, 2009). 2. BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER DEFINED 2.1 Define Personality Disorder A Personality Disorder can be “characterized by inflexible, long standing, and maladaptive personality traits that cause significant functional impairment”
Chronically Mentally Ill and the Population Robyn Torgrimson BSHS/302 May 26, 2012 Kimberly Tarshis Chronically Mentally Ill and the Population Mental illness has affected people since the beginning of time, but the way it is handled has changed dramatically. Mental illness is no longer a sin or demonic possession, but a real illness that affects many different races, ages and classes of people including the upper echelon of wage earners to the homeless. The stages of treating people with mental illness have evolved but many feel that there are still barriers that prevent them from accessing the help they require. Human services workers are on the front lines when it comes to clients that may be dealing with mental
Medical Malpractice A Serious Problem Ivory Hill 9/16/2011 Instructor Klingfus To date, there are more problems in the U.S. than anyone cares to admit, and among those problems, Medical Malpractice is as serious as it gets. In many ways, malpractice is changing the face of medicine. Many doctors are being sued for no good reasons and because of this more laws are passed on state and federal levels, also, more doctors are practicing “Defensive Medicine” as a means of avoiding lawsuits. This means higher costs and poorer quality of care for patients. There are plenty of good reasons to sue a doctor, like if he removes the wrong limb or gives a medication you are allergic to and it causes harm, but suing because you disagree with
Psychology 101 9:00 AM Deinstitutionalization Deinstitutionalization is the release of mental patients from mental hospitals and their return to the community to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. An example of deinstitutionalization is a patient suffering from hallucinations and delusions are given chlorpromazine that reduces those symptoms therefore they release that patient from the hospital back into the community. I do not agree with deinstitutionalization, although the number of mental patients have decreased the actual patients are not being treated completely, and they are placed into terrible situations. A study has been shown that 20%-80%
A Beautiful Mind: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and Life Span Disorders PSY/410 October 18, 2011 Abstract In the not so distant past; the diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and Life span development disorders were treated with distain; shutting away the victim of such diseases as though they were something to be ashamed of. The field psychology has come a long way in a short period of time; incorporating many factors into diagnosis and treatment. The analysis of the main components associated with diagnosis and treatment of Schizophrenia and Psychosis lends much needed understanding in order to promote more effective ways to therapies, interventions and preventions of these disorders.
Mental illness discrimination is very prevalent in today’s society although it is hidden behind other discriminations. This is a critical situation, as mental illness does not get the same “press” time as the other discrimination. Framing discrimination in a broader social light diminished the frequency with which it was identified. I think it is even sadder that ½ of the mentally ill people that were surveyed had been discriminated
According to Kernberg and Michels (2009), Borderline Personality Disorder had a prevalence of about 4 % in the community and 20 % in many clinical psychiatric populations at the time. Despite its high prevalence and the devastating effect Borderline Personality Disorder has on members of our society, a lack of awareness and great confusion still exists about this disorder in both the public and professional arena. As a result, health care professionals often experience problems in identifying the disorder when dealing with patients. Even if identified, difficulties are experienced in making the correct diagnoses. This assignment deals with the problems related with identifying and diagnosing the disorder.