popularity heightened through movies and headline news stories, schizophrenia is still one of the most enigmatic and least understood disorders of the brain. With current research focused on the role of neurobiology and functioning on a cellular level, investigative analysis has merited new innovations towards...
Dealing with parents, friends and relatives who have misguided notions about what having bipolar entails can be even harder. Help someone coping with mental illness by being open, understanding and well-informed and by nixing any false beliefs and assumptions.
There are many misconceptions about bipolar...
depression." The term clinical depression is usually used to distinguish the illness of depression from less difficult feelings of sadness, gloom, or the blues.
Clinical depression is not just grief or feeling sad. It is an illness that can challenge your ability to perform even routine daily activities...
also known as a mental disorder, is a pattern of behavioral or psychological symptoms that impact multiple life areas and/or create distress for the person experiencing these symptoms
The classification and diagnosis is an important concern for both mental health providers and mental health clients....
e disorders. These causes
include genetics, hormone imbalance, mental illness, and social influences. The author of this
paper also discusses the role of the media and how much of an influence it really has on these
complex diseases. A position is taken against the statement that “the media causes eating ...
A PRIMER ON THE BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM
A PRIMER ON THE BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM
A companion to BrainFacts.org
A PUBLIC INFORMATION INITIATIVE OF:
P r e fa c e
Over the past two decades, scientific knowledge about the structure and function of the brain and nervous system and understanding...
a series of chemical and electrical impulses carried out throughout the body. The brain is seen as the master switch that organizes and sends signals to the appropriate areas to illicit the desired response. Many mental disorders are believed to have a biological origin and it is imperative that psychologist...
various writers over the past century have compared the
human brain to an elegant machine. Imagine that this
machine is full of wires and that the wires are different-colored.
Some are blue, some are red, some are green, and so on, but they
all convey information from one part of the machine to another...
any given time, anywhere. When neurotransmitters become unresponsive, that is when symptoms such as nausea and dizziness arise. Although this disorder is not very fatal, the longevity of treatments and prognosis can take a lifetime to cure.
I. Description of the Disease
Anxiety disorder is a term...
psychological disorder, which affects a person’s brain by distorting the way he or she acts, thinks, expresses emotions, perceives reality or interacts with others. Schizophrenia is subcategorized as a psychotic disorder or psychosis because those who suffer from this illness have a difficult time being able to differentiate...
as an illness and medical techniques could be used to treat it; and so emerged the medical model of abnormality. (Gross & McIlveen, 1996)1 The medical model of abnormal psychology treats mental disorders in the same way as a physical illness. Practitioners of this model believe mental illness to have...
Schizophrenia is frequently thought of as a split personality, but that is not what it is at all. Schizophrenia is a severe brain disease. It is found all over the world; approximately one point one percent of the population develops schizophrenia psychosis during their lifetime. People...
growth and development (maturation) of
the body, brain and nervous system at fairly predictable ages in the life cycle.
Maturation – the physical growth and development of the body, brain and nervous system at fairly predictable ages in the life cycle.
Brain areas involved in learning
Hindbrain – learning...
consciousness that promoted a willingness toward emotional self-disclosure (Spiller). In the 1970’s, scientist began to study the drug on animals, but know major breakthroughs were concluded. During this time, the public as a whole, did not generally except the drug. Also, therapists began use the drug with...
June 28, 2010
Mental health can affect the daily routines and quality of life for one suffering from a mental illness. ADHD known medically as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can affect both children and adults. Many...
A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.
A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue...
amount of time has been spent studying the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for mentally disturbed individuals. The beginnings of the study of mental illness trace clear back to the Stone Age and include everything from astrology, to demons and spirits, to witches. Over time, new ideas have come about...
To what extent does psychological stress influence the progression of physical disease? Evaluate evidence for and against this position to support your judgment, focusing on one possible physiological pathway.
Psychological stress refers to the emotional and physiological reactions experienced when...
Major Neurotransmitters: Mood & Behavior
Elena C. Kaspar
Santa Monica College
There are several different neurotransmitters functioning in our body, including the major ones; Serotonin (5-HT), Norepinephrine (NE), Dopamine (DA), GABA, Endorphins...
productivity, decreased life expectancy, and major financial expenditures stemming from abnormal mood shifts that have a negative impact on a person's disposition, energy level, and ability to function in daily life. "The greatest cost of manic-depressive illness is the personal toll it takes on affected...
the nation and our world people are suffering from this disease. Depression affects females and males, all ages, and all backgrounds. Depression has become so common, is affecting people from ethnic groups to different professions, it greatly impacts people’s lives. Many of us have had a bad day, or days...
complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than...
from normal as to interfere with his or her ability to function in everyday life, and he or she experiences delusions or hallucinations, he or she is afflicted with a mental illness called schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is one of the most serious mental illnesses because it causes its victims to lose touch...
1.1 SCHIZOPHRENIA- THE DISEASE.
1.1.1 WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a disintegration of the process of thinking and of emotional responsiveness.[ Concise Medical Dictionary,2010] It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations...
research, about 3% of Americans – some 19 million- suffer from chronic depression. More then two million are children. Along with that Manic depressive illness afflicts about 2.3 million and is the second leading killer of young women and the third of young men (Solomon, 2001, p.25). According to Andrew Solomon...
Major Depressive Disorder: Theories andTherapies
Deborah G. McGhee
Psychopathology and Social Work: SWK 663
Dr. Nikki Wingerson
July 25, 2012
1. Major Depressive Disorder Definition and Symptoms
Major Depressive Disorder may be diagnosed as one or more episodes of a Major Depressive...
disorders are linked with depression?
What is Depression?
Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States today. The dictionary definition of depression reads as: Severe despondency...
SMAHSA- The mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA has identified 8 strategic initiatives to focus on improving lives. These 8 initiatives are: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Trauma and Justice, Military Families, Recovery...
* Symptoms and signs of mental disorders are known as psychopathology.
* -Pathology of the mind
* -indicates the mind/brain problem (why the word is not used much)
* Abnormal- the supplication of psychological science to the study of mental disorders
* -The line dividing...
disorder is a mental disorder characterized by extreme shifts in mood, as well as fluctuations in energy and activity levels. The disorder is a lifelong condition that can affect the way someone feels and behaves. Researchers thought bipolar was caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that can result...