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History of Psychological Disorders
Transcript of History of Psychological Disorders
Explain one strategy to reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for a psychological disorder.
I think one way we could reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for psychological disorders is by making people aware that there is a stigma and it's not something made up. And that it causes real issues to people's lives if they don't seek treatment. I think if we focus on people who
sought treatment, it could encourage others to also seek treatment. Like I said previously, I think the best way to reduce the stigma would be to raise awareness. If people try to raise awareness and make known the stigma, it could really make a difference. Some people would realize they do need treatment and I think some people would realize they could be holding someone back from receiving the treatment they need.
Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
Shame, stigma, and discrimination are major reasons why people with mental health problems avoid seeking treatment, regardless of their race or ethnicity. The effects of negative public attitudes and behaviors toward people with mental illness may be even more powerful for racial and ethnic minorities than for whites…For example, in some Asian American communities, the shame and stigma associated with the mental illness of one family member can affect the marriage and employment potential of other relatives. More research is needed to develop effective methods of overcoming this powerful barrier to getting people with mental health problems the help they need.
How does culture affect the identification and treatment of psychological disorders? Be sure to define culture and provide an example in your response.
Culture - A shared set of beliefs.
Culture can affect the identification and treatment of psychological disorders in many different ways. A person may not seek treatment because it is deemed "imagined" or "fake", or they understand depression as a medical disease. As an example, in cultures similar to my family's, depression and other psychological disorders are understood as a spiritual issue. People who share similar beliefs as my family's are normally told to go to a religious leader, but mostly ask God, for assistance. I think this is a good, and bad thing. I'm not saying it is bad to turn to leaders and God for assistance, but I think that often, it requires more than just that. Things such as therapy, medicine, etc. can be very useful, but frowned upon in some cultures. Discrimination and stigma, and acceptance and support from someones culture, regarding psychological disorders, influence how a person deals with their disorder. Culture can affect the treatment and identification of psychological disorders for the worse and for the better. Every culture differs, and every culture is not the same.