Ch 18: Mental Health Disorders Overview

About This Chapter

Look through this chapter for an overview of mental health disorders. The in-depth lessons we provide offer you extensive study aids that can help you get a better grasp on key psychology concepts, and they can also help you memorize terms and definitions prior to taking a major exam.

Mental Health Disorders Overview - Chapter Summary

As a way to start your studies into mental health disorders, this chapter gives you a basic overview of the topic. Our instructors have broken the chapter into smaller, manageable lessons, and these lessons address such concepts as mental health problems, behaviors, mental resiliency, confidentiality concerns, genetic vulnerability, medications, and mental health screening. Once you have completed the chapter, you should feel ready to do the following:

  • Describe the continuum of mental health
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of mental health classification systems
  • Analyze the attributes associated with a mentally healthy person
  • Check out ethical issues in relation to mental health care
  • Define biological risk factors connected to mental health disorders
  • Compare the social and psychological risk factors
  • Examine mental health in relation to cumulative risk exposure

You can challenge yourself as you make your way through the chapter by answering the quizzes after each lesson. These self-assessment tools let you determine how much information you are absorbing from each lesson. You can also take the quizzes before you even review the lessons as a way to figure out which topics you know well and which topics you need to review more closely. The interactive quizzes usually consist of five questions, and each question has a multiple-choice style set of answers. You will know your score right after you complete the quiz, and you will see the correct answers for anything you missed.

7 Lessons in Chapter 18: Mental Health Disorders Overview
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The Mental Health Continuum

1. The Mental Health Continuum

Being classified as mentally healthy is not so cut and dry. There is a large spectrum, or continuum, of mental health on which one can fall. In this lesson you'll learn the definition of mental health continuum and the internal and external factors that can affect mental health.

Mental Health Classification Systems: Pros & Cons

2. Mental Health Classification Systems: Pros & Cons

Mental health classification systems have their positives and negatives for people and the world of psychology. This lesson will discuss these pros and cons.

Characteristics of a Mentally Healthy Person

3. Characteristics of a Mentally Healthy Person

This lesson focuses on how a person develops and maintains positive mental health. Topics such as emotional and physical well-being, how a person responds to stress, and other facets of mental health are discussed in detail.

Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

4. Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

When someone goes to see a mental health professional, they have legal and ethical rights that are meant to protect them. In this lesson, we'll explore three major rights of patients: confidentiality, the right to treatment, and informed consent.

Biological Risk Factors for Mental Health Disorders

5. Biological Risk Factors for Mental Health Disorders

Genetic, medical, and biological factors can play a major role in the development and progression of mental health disorders. Learn the definition of a biological risk factor and seven of these risk factors in this lesson.

Psychological & Social Risk Factors for Mental Health Disorders

6. Psychological & Social Risk Factors for Mental Health Disorders

Risk factors can identify the root issues that are contributing to a person's mental health disorder. Learn about various social and psychological risk factors that contribute to development and progression of mental health disorders in this lesson.

Cumulative Risk Exposure & Mental Health

7. Cumulative Risk Exposure & Mental Health

It makes sense that the more stressors and risk factors a child is exposed to, the bigger their risk for mental illness. This is the concept of cumulative risk exposure and mental health. Learn the definitions, as well as salient examples of cumulative risk, in this lesson.

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