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Ch 22: Mental Health Concepts

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This chapter covers a number of concepts key to the study of mental health, refreshing your knowledge of the impact of stress, aggression, nervous system psychotic disorders, and behavior modification. You will also review mental health counseling techniques and social service programs.

Mental Health Concepts - Chapter Summary

This chapter examines mental health from a variety of perspectives, analyzing psychological development and disorders as well as approaches to their treatment. Through simple-to-follow lessons, you'll learn about topics such as stress, aggression, paranoia, and more. Subjects covered in this chapter include:

  • Development of mental health during childhood and adolescence
  • Lifespan development and susceptibility to mental illness
  • Psychotic and non-psychotic disorders
  • Mental health counseling and medications
  • Behavior modification
  • Societal views and impacts of socioeconomic status on mental health
  • Social service programs for mental illness

To help you make sure you're understanding each topic before moving on, every lesson contains a practice quiz that you can take and re-take an unlimited number of times. These printable quizzes will allow you to jump right back to the related point of the lesson should you answer incorrectly. When you've gone through all the material, the practice final exam at the end of the chapter can be used to measure your overall comprehension.

14 Lessons in Chapter 22: Mental Health Concepts
Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence

1. Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence

Some mental illnesses can show up at any point in a person's life, but some first occur during specific stages of lifespan development. In this lesson, we'll look closer at some disorders that appear in childhood, adolescence, and old age.

Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness

2. Lifespan Development and Vulnerability to Mental Illness

Biology and environment can influence if and when you develop a mental illness, but how do changes in our biology and environment affect us? In this lesson, we'll look at how changes affect our likelihood of developing psychological issues.

Psychotic Disorders of the Nervous System

3. Psychotic Disorders of the Nervous System

This lesson will discuss some psychotic disorders and their general causes. We will go over schizophrenia, delusional disorders, and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Non-Psychotic Disorders of the Nervous System

4. Non-Psychotic Disorders of the Nervous System

In this lesson, we'll go over three main classes of non-psychotic disorders that affect the mind. We'll cover mood, anxiety, and personality disorders such as OCD, depression, SAD, and more.

Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

5. Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

Most people have to deal with stress on a regular basis. But do you know what it's really doing to your body? Learn more about the reasons behind feeling stressed as well as common strategies to not let the stress get to you.

What Is Paranoia? - Definition, Symptoms & Causes

6. What Is Paranoia? - Definition, Symptoms & Causes

Did you know that paranoia is a symptom of several mental disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder? Learn more about paranoia, its symptoms, and causes. Then, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

7. Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

What roles do nature and nurture play in aggressive tendencies? You'll explore origins of aggression and how acceptance of this behavior may differ among societies.

What Is Psychotherapy? - Definition, Types & Approaches

8. What Is Psychotherapy? - Definition, Types & Approaches

Psychotherapy is a treatment process to help people deal with psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of how it works or how problematic untreated mental health issues can be. This lesson covers what psychotherapy is and how it is used to help others.

Terminology for Medications That Help Treat Mental Disorders

9. Terminology for Medications That Help Treat Mental Disorders

Like any other disease or disorder anywhere in the body, mental disorders need to be treated for the good of the patient. Here we will define some of the general medications used to treat mental disorders.

Mental Health Counseling: Definition & Techniques

10. Mental Health Counseling: Definition & Techniques

This lesson explores areas dealing with patients, mental health settings, and preventative measures that counselors can take when doing mental health counseling.

What Is Behavior Modification? - Definition, Techniques & Examples

11. What Is Behavior Modification? - Definition, Techniques & Examples

How did you learn right from wrong, and what influenced you to form these behaviors? In this lesson, we will explore how factors in our environment work together to determine how we behave.

Mental Health: Societal Perspectives

12. Mental Health: Societal Perspectives

In this lesson, we will learn about mental health and how society perceives mental health. We will learn how this affects those with mental health disorders in getting assistance.

Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Mental Health

13. Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Mental Health

In this lesson, we'll talk about the relationship between mental health and socioeconomic status. We'll look at how factors like poverty and unemployment are a significant cause of mental illness.

Role of Social Service Programs for Mental Health

14. Role of Social Service Programs for Mental Health

In this lesson, learn the role that social service programs play in the mental health field and how they benefit the community at large. Afterwards, take a quiz to see if you understand the concepts and importance of these beneficial community programs.

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