Module 1 Discussion: Mental Health and Perception

In this discussion, you will introduce yourself to your classmates and then reflect upon what you’ve learned through the module, focusing on the aspects of mental health disabilities and the treatment of them.

First, introduce yourself. Write a paragraph about why you are taking this class, your academic plans and goals, your background, interests, etc.

Next, choose one of the following questions to respond to:

  • Q1: Compare and contrast the past treatment of those with mental health illnesses. How were mental illnesses explained and treatment justified centuries ago? How do we view them today? Some of the differences may be obvious, of course, but consider what has changed and perhaps some of the views, ideas, and beliefs that haven’t changed.
  • Q2: Consider the language we use in our everyday speech to describe illnesses – both medical and mental. If someone sought treatment at a hospital for an injury and was diagnosed with a “broken arm”, it’s unlikely that anyone would refer to them as their diagnosis (i.e., you likely wouldn’t call your friend a “broke arm”); yet, someone with a mental health illness that seeks treatment at the same hospital and receives a diagnosis of “schizophrenia” might be referred to as “schizo” or “crazy” by acquaintances or colleagues. What do you think accounts for this difference? Why might medical and mental illnesses be perceived differently (at least, within Western cultures)?
  • Q3: In order to treat an illness (physical, mental, or otherwise) it’s important for a medical professional to determine a diagnosis. What might be the positive gains from receiving an official diagnosis of a mental health condition? (An example might be the fact that, with a diagnosis, one can receive the appropriate treatment). What might be a challenge or negative attribute to being labeled with a mental health diagnosis?

STEP 1: First, write a response with at least EIGHT substantial sentences, integrating concepts you learned from the reading and other materials (include links as necessary). Show that you can think critically on the topic by integrating your own thoughts, analysis, or experiences.

STEP 2: Return to the discussion to comment on at least TWO classmates’ posts (in at least 4-5 sentences). Expand on a classmate’s comments in a value-adding, topic-related way. Promote a collaborative, supportive community, and advance the dialogue through follow-up questions. Reply posts cannot be one-liners, off-topic posts, vague statements, unsupported opinions, inadequate explanations, or simply say, “I agree” or “good job.” Remember to always be respectful of others.