Skills and Characteristics of Mental Health Human Services Workers BSHS/471 Skills and Characteristics of Mental Health Human Services Workers Growing up, we as humans learn to have compassion for others and we learn that we can offer our help to whatever individuals may be going through. We may offer help to our friends, families, or we even may be kind enough to help out individuals that we do not even know. One particular issue that this world is faced with today, especially America, is mental health. Today, there are professional service workers who fight for, assist, and counsel these mental health patients. These professionals possess great skills and characteristics required to offer assistance to the patients to help them be better and function in society.
With things like diabetes, cancer and so on, the illness can be diagnosed by scans or blood tests. Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses have to be diagnosed and classified purely based on symptoms the patient is experiencing. Schizophrenia is particularly difficult to diagnose because it has many symptoms, some of which are similar to other mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. This brings up the issue of differential diagnosis. Even some physical illnesses can cause symptoms that appear to be those of schizophrenia, for example temporal lobe epilepsy can have symptoms that can be mistaken for schizophrenia, and this can lead to misdiagnosis and a patient could end up being treated for the wrong illness completely.
Organs: The muscles in the digestive tract become weak which creates a risk of constipation. Also when ageing your heart is less affective at pumping the blood around your heart, this also can mean that your blood pressure can rise. Nutrients from the food can’t be absorbed from the food as effective as they were before. Your breathing can become less efficient because of the respiratory muscles are weaker than before. Hormones: Menopause: Menopause is a normal part of ageing.
Explain how issues of validity and/or reliability may affect the classification and/or diagnosis of schizophrenia  Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. This means it’s a loss of contact with reality, consistent with serious mental illness which typically includes delusions, hallucinations and disordered thinking. The disorder was first identified by Kraeplin(1986) who used the term ‘Dementia Praecox’. Bleuler (1911) later coined the term schizophrenia, which means split (schizo) mind (phrenia). Classification involves identifying groups or patterns of behavioural symptoms that occur together to form a type of mental disorder (e.g.
A problem of the diagnosis of schizophrenia known as co-morbidity this is when the symptoms of schizophrenia overlap with many other disorders, such as, depression and bipolar disorder. This is a problem because the patient may be misdiagnosed and given the wrong type of treatment which will not cure the symptoms they have and may cause another type of illness. This can be solved by multiple diagnosis this will also improve the inter rater reliability. Reliability is the extent in to which two or more medical specialists have consistent results in their diagnosis. The validity externally is very difficult as there are cultural barriers, as psychiatrists from different cultures interpret symptoms differently resulting in people being diagnosed schizophrenia in one culture but not in another.
People go on these starvation diets thinking that they are going to lose a lot of weight, but what ends up happening is that their body goes into starvation mode and their body stores the fat because the body does not know when the next time it is going to get food. Some studies have found that individuals have regained 7 to 122% of their initial weight loss. Starvation diets do not meet the needs of the general population. There is a reason why we eat which is for energy, survival, health, and growth and if your on a starvation diet it does not meet these needs. In terms of eating patterns adolescents have a increase of need of energy.
Schizophrenia is defined as a psychotic disorder in which people are disturbed by their own thoughts. Whether it be voices or illusions people that suffer from this illness tend to distort reality. Schizophrenia is usually diagnosed between the ages of 16-30, though it is still being researched today, we are not certain how schizophrenia is developed. Some scientists believe that schizophrenia is caused by a gene malfunction; other scientists say it is caused by family genetics. There are three main symptoms of schizophrenia, delusions, hallucinations, and thought disorder.
The theories that I currently prefer are the family systems approach and solution focused therapy. I want to work with clients in family units from marriage to children so that is why I favor the family systems solutions. I think the family systems approach makes a lot of sense, in the sense that when one client is the "problematic" client it can disrupt the family as a whole. I believe that when dealing with clients you not only need to work on the problematic client but you also need to work on the surrounding factors and family members in order to "fix" the issues. In family therapy you have to pay attention to every thing from who sits next to whom, family balance, roles and communication styles and this challenge also intrigues my interest.
Today I am going to talk to you about Schizophrenia and a closer look into my experiences of being diagnosed with it. When a doctor describes schizophrenia as a psychotic disorder, it means that, in their view, the patient can’t tell their own intense thoughts, ideas, perceptions and imaginings from reality. There are different types of schizophrenia. The most common one is paranoid schizophrenia which if generally a manifestation on multiple symptoms. Different patients will have different symptoms which will indicate what type of schizophrenia they have.
According to T.Davies and T.Craig (2009, p45), Paranoid Schizophrenia is one of the most common subtypes of the psychotic illness which affects the individuals variation of emotion, thinking and behaviour. Through extensive research, this essay will uncover the definition of paranoid schizophrenia, its manifestations and possible causes. Key issues such as symptoms, epidemiology, prevalence, co-morbidity, prognosis, treatment and interventions will also be critically reviewed and discussed. Lastly, this essay will also analyse guidelines, policies and regulations that influence interventions and the effects of paranoid schizophrenia on the individual, their families, carers and friends. There are various subtypes of schizophrenia such as undifferentiated, residual, simple, other and unspecified schizophrenia with the three most common being Paranoid, Hebephrenic and Catatonic Schizophrenia (C.Gamble and G.Brenan 2006, p100).