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Ch 8: Mental Health Disorders Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

If you are looking for additional resources to boost your teaching of mental health disorders for your social science or psychology class, you will find this chapter beneficial. Find ways to use classroom activities, projects, games, video lessons and more to enhance your students' learning experience.

Mental Health Disorders Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Covering everything from anxiety disorders to schizophrenia, you will find that the lessons and lesson plans outlined in this chapter to be helpful supplemental tools you can use to ensure that your students are engaged and excited about learning these topics. Our lesson plans take a nontraditional approach to learning, with group and individual activities and assignments and extended projects that will help them look at this material in a different light.

In addition, our short video lessons provide an easy classroom tool you can use that will help students learn important definitions and examples to facilitate their understanding of these topics. Use the self-assessment quizzes found in these lessons to measure how much each student has learned and retained.

How It Helps

  • Class discussion questions/topics: Encourages focus on different aspects of each mental disorder that may not be covered in your current curriculum.
  • Vocabulary words: Defines relevant terms to help your students understand characteristics and aspects of each disorder.
  • Games and activities: Uses creative and hands-on approaches to this subject that will encourage student participation and improve comprehension.
  • Additional resources: Uses video and text lessons that easily support your current lesson plans for this subject.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning psychology or social science lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics about mental health disorders that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your psychology or social science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related mental health disorders lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important mental health concepts from the lessons, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, relational aggression and more.
  • Engage your students with relevant mental health and illness activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

21 Lessons in Chapter 8: Mental Health Disorders Lesson Plans
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Mental Health Lesson Plan

1. Mental Health Lesson Plan

Mental health is an important topic for students to understand. With this lesson plan, video and text lessons present key information on mental health and an activity gives students the opportunity for further research and exploration. Optional extensions and related lessons are included for additional instruction.

Mental Health Counseling: Definition & Techniques

2. 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.

Mental Health: Societal Perspectives

3. 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.

Mental Illness Lesson Plan

4. Mental Illness Lesson Plan

Mental illness is a prevalent, yet largely neglected topic in modern culture. This lesson uses both a text and video lesson to present key information while an activity ensures comprehension. Related lessons and extensions create viable options for further instruction.

What is Mental Illness? - Definition, Disorders, Diseases

5. What is Mental Illness? - Definition, Disorders, Diseases

Studying the medical conditions called mental illness can help you understand how this illness can be manifested through many disorders. Explore mental illness in this lesson and test your understanding with a quiz.

Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

6. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.

Depression Lesson Plan

7. Depression Lesson Plan

Do your students know the differences between sadness and depression? A video lesson provides the basics while an activity refines their knowledge of depression. Related lessons and additional activities are included for ongoing instruction.

What Is Moderate Depression? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

8. What Is Moderate Depression? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Did you know that depression affects about 19 million individuals in the United States? Learn more about moderate depression, its symptoms, and treatment.

Relational Aggression Lesson Plan

9. Relational Aggression Lesson Plan

Can your students identify instances of relational aggression? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson and an activity to define and exemplify relational aggression.

Relational Aggression: Definition, Examples & Intervention

10. Relational Aggression: Definition, Examples & Intervention

A nonphysical form of bullying, relational aggression, can cause the victim a host of behavioral and mental health problems. In this lesson, you will learn the definition of relational aggression, forms of relational aggression, and types of prevention and intervention programs.

Anxiety Disorders Lesson Plan

11. Anxiety Disorders Lesson Plan

Anxiety is one the most common mental disorders in young adults. This lesson plan uses a video lesson in addition to one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class discussions to explore several anxiety disorders, including GAD, specific phobias, and OCD.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

12. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When do we cross the boundary between natural worry and the debilitating types of anxiety associated with disorders? In this lesson, you'll explore some common anxiety disorders and their potential causes.

What Are Social Cues? - Definition & Examples

13. What Are Social Cues? - Definition & Examples

Social cues are a critically important aspect of communication. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define social cues and explore some examples of how they influence social interaction and engagement.

Schizophrenia Lesson Plan

14. Schizophrenia Lesson Plan

Schizophrenia is a largely misunderstood mental illness. This lesson plan uses a video and a text lesson to explain key facts about this disorder and an activity creates a meaningful takeaway for students.

Schizophrenia: Definition & Overview

15. Schizophrenia: Definition & Overview

Our perception of schizophrenia is largely shaped by what we see in the movies. Is schizophrenia more than just a 'hallucination' disease? Check out this lesson to find out about the different types of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

16. Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Schizophrenia is a complicated and serious mental illness, the causes of which are not completely understood. Read on to learn about the symptoms of schizophrenia, the factors contribute to its development and the treatment options exist for patients with schizophrenia.

Group Experience in Counseling Lesson Plan

17. Group Experience in Counseling Lesson Plan

A solid understanding of group experience is essential for effective group counseling. This lesson plan explores the phases of group experience using a video lesson. An activity exemplifies each phase in real time.

Mental Health Awareness Activities

18. Mental Health Awareness Activities

Now that it is time for your students to become aware of mental health, you may need some ideas of activities that will make the learning interesting and fun. The following activities accomplish that goal.

Turtles All The Way Down Discussion Questions

19. Turtles All The Way Down Discussion Questions

The following questions can help guide your students through a class discussion on John Green's novel 'Turtles All the Way Down', opening room to explore topics of anxiety, mental illness, and growing up.

Mental Health Unit Plan

20. Mental Health Unit Plan

While you teach your high school students about mental health, you can utilize this unit plan to bolster your students' analytical and cooperative skills. These useful activities and assignments will assist your teachings.

Mental Health Project ideas

21. Mental Health Project ideas

Would you like to educate your 11th and 12th grade students about crucial mental health issues? As they work alone or with others, they will learn how mental health disorders affect people and what can be done to alleviate these conditions.

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