Modified DSM

Is there a category you feel is missing from the DSM that would aid psychologists in diagnoses? If so, what would it be titled, which disorders would it include, and why would you add it?

Medicating Society

In current day society, it seems as if there is a medication for the majority of illnesses, sicknesses, or disorders that are present throughout.  For example, when people have a long day at work and get a headache, is it necessary to take Tylenol to cure the pain?  Or do you believe that we, as a society in general, are overdosing on medication (even something as simple as tylenol) and need to cut back?

Mental illness and culture

Are mental illness misdiagnosed when it comes to people in different cultures? Such as, individuals who are taught a certain way and depend on their values are later told that what they have learned is not normal and they get diagnosed with a mental illness. Do you think that clinicians easily misdiagnose this due to the cultural norms we have instilled in us?

medication

Should there be a restriction on medications given to people with a mental illness? Should it be different when it comes to medicating children? If so, how should the medical world regulate new standards?

Gambling Addiction

We’ve learned about many different kinds of addictions and disorders in class.  What are some of the qualities a person may possess or experience that would make them more susceptible to having an addiction, specifically a gambling addiction? Why is it so hard for them to stop gambling?

Mental Illness-Anger

We have learned that there is not an anger disorder classified in the DSM. In your opinion do you think there should be anger disorders in the DSM? Why or why not?

Over Diagnosis

 

In your opinion do we over diagnose to many people who are abnormal to put labels on them, or could this over diagnosing possibly help some people with minor disorders.  In other words do you think some diagnoses can help a person no matter how minuscule their disorder is because they might be able to get treatment?

Over diagnosing?

Considering all of the diagnoses that we talked about in class, do you think that we over diagnosis people? Do we as a society turn to diagnosing someone as mentally ill because they aren’t considered “normal”?

Action on Autism

Children with autism can receive a lot of help through behavioral therapy.  This is extremely beneficial to the very low functioning children in that it helps them develop means of communication and daily living skills.  Do you think it is more important for us to try and find the “cure” for autism? Or, is it more important to adjust and accept to embrace it?  I just think that sometimes instead of always trying to “cure” disorders with drugs, with a disorder like autism a lot of people can still lead a normal life.  Nobody really knows what ‘normal’ is anyways, so instead of looking for a cure I think we could also focus on education and acceptance.  Thoughts?

Eating Disorder Prevention

If I gave you the task of decreasing the number of cases of anorexia and bulimia in America, what would you do?  Where and how should we intervene?

Addiction

How do you think addiction should be define?  Can people be addicted to things other than drugs?

Anger

Should anger be listed as a disorder in the DSM?  Why is it not its own disorder?

Mood Disorders

What was the rationale for separating the bipolar disorders from the depressive disorders in the newest version of the DSM?

Fear

What was the rationale for pulling the trauma disorders and obsessive disorders from the Anxiety Disorders section of the DSM?

Social anxiety disorder

Do you think social anxiety occurs as its own disorder or is it caused more by other existing mental disorders within the affected individual? Why or why not?

Pyromania

What is arguably the main reason pyromania is so much more common in boys than girls?

PostTraumatic Stress Disorder

As stated in class, most people do NOT develop PTSD after a traumatic event.  Are there any direct relationships between developing PTSD after a traumatic event or is it simply a hit or miss?

Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder as taught in class is when the individual has difficulty making decisions on their own, excessive need to be taken care off, feels uncomfortable making choices, and needs others to assume responsibility for major areas in life. As being said, when it comes to curtain cultures such as the FLDs in the show Breaking the Faith on TLC; do you feel that those individuals stuck in a certain rigorous culture would be more prone to being diagnosed with this disorder versus others in Christian religion?

Panic Disorder

An interesting fact I came across while researching panic disorder is that it is twice as common in women than in men.  In your opinion, why do you think that is?

Bipolar Disorder

In your opinion, do you believe there still exists a negative stigma towards those with Bipolar Disorder? If so, how do you believe we as a society should go about addressing that stigma?

social phobia

How do we differentiate between Social Anxiety Disorder and just being an introvert? Should this change as one grows from a child to an adult?

Anti- Depressants

Why are people given just anti-depressants without being required to go through some form a therapy too if their has been research shown to prove that the combination of them both work best? Why are individuals not given the best opportunity to get better when their has been research that supports that these two should be done together for the best results?