OpenStax College (2017). Psychology. https://openstax.org/details/psychology.
Read the following:
- Chapters 15 and 16
Mental Illness is highly misunderstood. For example, there are some police officers that will mistreat an individual that is diagnosed with mental illness because they are not aware of their disability. Others, claim to have acted on horrendous acts (e.g., massacres) due to mental illness.
What were your previous thoughts about mental illness? Have you met/encountered/heard of anyone with a mental health illness?(yes) Describe the event, how did you feel about their behavior, what happened to the individual? How is mental illness viewed in the media/society? What can we do, as a society, to change the stigma associated with mental illness and how can we become a better resource for individuals that have a psychological disorder?
Your Discussion should be at least 250 words in length, but not more than 750 words. Use APA citations and references for the textbook and any other sources used.
In Chapter 16, Substance Abuse Disorders are discussed. Substance Abuse Disorders are prevalent in society. Among the medical community, addiction is considered a chronic disease, but this concept seems difficult for some to understand or believe. What is it about addiction, do you believe, that keeps it a taboo subject? Depending on your socio-cultural background, you may have been brought up with certain beliefs about addicts and addiction. Reflect on the dominant beliefs of your society. Do these beliefs stigmatize addicts? How do the dominant beliefs in your society either help or hinder addicts from receiving treatment? If you have some experience with someone that you know, consider what you’ve witnessed and offer your thoughts.
The Learning Journal entry should be a minimum of 400 words and not more than 750 words. Use APA citations and references if you use ideas from the readings or other sources.