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I have found just one tool (CEPEM Spanish tool) to assess the attitudes towards employment of people with mental illness. Can anyone suggest any other tools to study this area?
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Attitudes of Mental Health Professionals Toward People With Schizophrenia and Major Depression | Schizophrenia Bulletin | Oxford Academic (oup.com)
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"This paper attempts to reveal through case analysis that psychological activities are a set of programs and that the cause of mental illness is error in operation of the programs or the establishment of erroneous programs. By modifying or learning to use these psychological programs correctly, mental illness can be treated precisely and thoroughly. The complete psychotherapy process is represented by the following: psychological analysis + modification of psychological programs. In order to perform certain tasks, life bodies need to initiate a series of psychological or physiological activities, which is the process of psychological or physiological activities called "psychological program". Psychological program is an abstract concept, and it is not a material entity. The search for psychological activity programs mainly depends on psychological analysis and scientific hypnosis."
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What do you think of this paper? the authors of the paper believe that this new psychological theory is very creative, it is a theory comparable to physical Newtonian mechanics. A tool to describe the psychological laws is proposed, It can be used to uniformly describe psychology. It was like the first Newtonian mechanics that unified physics, it unified psychology for the first time. It can unify the schools of cognitive psychology, behaviorism psychology, psychoanalysis and so on.
But the psychological paper has been published in a preprint for four years, but it has never received attention and recognition. What do you think is why? Is it because its views and methods violate mainstream psychology? Because the author's degree is too low? Or is it because it was just published in a preprint?
The full text of the paper is presented here:
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"This paper attempts to reveal through case analysis that psychological activities are a set of programs and that the cause of mental illness is error in operation of the programs or the establishment of erroneous programs."
The activities are run by a human's physical nervous system, which in some cases is not functioning properly and cannot run the program. And there are an infinite number of activities, some which are not encountered before. It sound too automated.
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This research is for my dissertation where I want to analyze VRET and explain why we should implement it more in healthcare.
I require data to analyze the same and explain further.
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Hola, estimado colega, saludos cordiales. Que bueno es encontrar personas que hagan psicoterapia y con las que se puede compartir. Trataré de responder, con mi modesta opinión, las tres preguntas implícitas en su escrito.
Cada día surgen en el mundo, más y nuevas técnicas de psicoterapia y una de ellas es a la que usted se ha adscrito. Sin importar la técnica de psicoterapia que un terapeuta aplique, siempre encontraremos un objetivo común, que no es otro que calmar o hacer desaparecer la ansiedad de nuestros casos. Cualquiera que sea el camino que siga, la escuela que siga, la corriente que siga, la técnica que siga, su objetivo va a ser siempre el mismo.
Además, nuestros pacientes acuden demandando ayuda porque se sienten agobiados por la ansiedad, que en su caso es paralizante y no les permite satisfacer las demandas de la vida, por tanto frente al miedo, aparecerán los mecanismos de evitación o enfrentamiento patológico a lo temido o a la situación que ocasiona miedo y frente a ese miedo, lo primero que harán es huir, huir de lo temido, en segundo lugar buscarán apoyo y en tercer lugar necesitan patológicamente también, reafirmación social, estas tres predisposiciones patológicas mantienen al sujeto atado a sus miedos, porque actúan como reforzadores negativos, que lo “calman por breve plazo”, para nuevamente aparecer la ansiedad o miedo que los mantiene sumergidos en su drama personal como un círculo vicioso.
Por otra parte, en la actualidad por vivir en un mundo tan convulso, donde los problemas superan a los tradicionalmente observados a lo largo de la historia, se aconseja para todos los psicoterapeutas, prepararse y conocer todas las escuelas de psicoterapia que han existido a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad, conocer, por su gran cantidad de técnicas, las más practicadas a lo largo de los años; se trata de que el profesional tenga una vasta formación en psicoterapia, que sea un experto conocedor de las estrategias en psicoterapia, recursos en psicoterapia y técnicas en psicoterapia, que sea un gran conocedor del manejo de los momentos en una psicoterapia y, por supuesto, que sea un gran conocedor de la técnica a la cual se adscribe. ¿Por qué?
Porque los problemas que se enfrentan hoy en la práctica médica psiquiátrica, nada tienen que ver con los problemas que se enfrentaban años atrás, desbordan la especialidad y desbordan, metafóricamente hablando, las ciencias médicas y, por tanto el abordaje que se exige hoy para el afrontamiento de fenómenos causales complejos, exige el uso de técnicas multimodales, abordarlo desde diferentes aristas, desde diferentes ángulos y, para no ser eclécticos en psicoterapia sino ser integrativos y manejar la conducta del paciente con la estrategia, método y técnica en psicoterapia que él necesita, debemos estar adscritos a una técnica en psicoterapia la cual debemos conocer hasta la saciedad y, por sobre todas las cosas, durante todo el proceso de tratamiento no podemos perder el basamento teórico de la técnica de psicoterapia que estoy aplicando (de donde viene el VRET y conocer las demás psicoterapias de la escuela conductista y neo conductista, cuáles son sus momentos, es decir no perder la razón que le da sustento a la técnica VRET por quien la aportó, bajo ningún concepto). Esto es lo que le permite ser integrativo en psicoterapia y darle a cada paciente lo que necesita y no caer en el eclecticismo de conveniencia tan frecuente en nuestros tiempos.
Muy mal el ejemplo desde mí, pero por ética no puedo hacerlo con otro. Por ejemplo, yo practico hace años una técnica cognitiva, publicada en Research Gate, sin perder el basamento teórico de esta psicoterapia, que es la elevación de la ansiedad hasta el máximo tolerable para el paciente, grupo, pareja, familia y, hasta que no vea que muchos han roto la barrera emotivo racional en el grupo, no comienzo con el manejo en la sesión de las tres predisposiciones que aparecen frente al miedo (la huida, la búsqueda de apoyo y la necesidad de reafirmación social o necesidad de reconocimiento social), ya una vez logrado un clima emocional donde muchos hayan hecho su experiencia emocional correctiva dentro de la sesión, comienzo a integrar técnicas, recursos y estrategias de otras psicoterapias y escuelas como la de Albert Ellis, del análisis transaccional de Eric Berne, de la neurolingüística, de Beck, la escuela Gestáltica, de la centrada en el cliente, entre muchas más, SIN PERDER EL BASAMENTO TEÓRICO DE LA PSICOTERAPIA DE MULTIEMPUJE QUE HAGO; para luego del cierre, hacer una relajación autógena de Shultz, de Jacobnson, una visualización curativa o una hipnosis ligera colectiva durante media hora, para calmar la ansiedad y que puedan continuar reflexionando y enfrentar el resto de las tareas del día. Como puedes apreciar, mi fuerte es la psicoterapia de multiempuje y en dependencia a lo que necesite cada uno, con lo que necesite cada persona en la psicoterapia es que hago valer como enfoque integrativo. No es lo que yo quiera que él vea, es lo que él necesita.
Como puedes apreciar, ahora estoy en condiciones de responder tu primera interrogante, aunque todas están parcialmente resueltas. Yo no diría que esa técnica está diseñada para utilizar como complemento y para ayudar a las personas que necesitan rehabilitación, sería una visión muy reduccionista, todo depende del ingenio del psicoterapeuta. Esta técnica como todas las que vienen de la escuela conductista, me recuerda a la desensibilización progresiva de Wolpe, al modelado de acercamiento gradual tan utilizado en psicoterapias para tratar disfunciones sexuales y los miedos en los niños; pero el alcance se hace mayor, en la medida que puedas verla como una modalidad de psicoterapia y, como en todas, dentro de las variables implicadas en el proceso, esta la personalidad del terapeuta, la suya (incluyo su conocimiento de psicoterapia), pues hacer psicoterapia es arte que no todos podemos hacer. En cuanto a si sirve solo para el trastorno de estrés postraumático y las fobias, nada más, lo pongo en duda, todo está en el conocimiento del terapeuta y de las habilidades que ha adquirido en el tiempo.
Otro cuestionamiento es si esta técnica tiene sus contraindicaciones, yo soy del criterio que la práctica te enseña quien debe tratarse con esta técnica o no y, por lo general muchas técnicas tienen contraindicaciones, fíjate en la que hacemos en mi centro como tiene contraindicaciones, eso no demerita la técnica, todo lo contrario, la valoriza porque cuidas al paciente.
Por lo que dices, en el último párrafo, veo que has analizado como quieres introducirle una serie de técnicas que te garanticen una mayor resiliencia del sujeto; soy del criterio que toda psicoterapia habilita en resiliencia a toda persona. Sugiero valores el entrenamiento en habilidades sociales como el manejo de lo tácito y lo asertivo.
Hasta aquí mi respuesta, espero satisfacer tus expectativas y desearte éxitos profesionales. Intuyo que eres una persona joven, en franco proceso de desarrollo como psicoterapeuta, con muchas inquietudes y con una mente abierta al diálogo. Decirte que, en lo que te pueda ayudar, cuenta conmigo, es por eso, por lo que le está pasando, que en mi país se supervisa a diario al psicoterapeuta hasta que pueda correr solo.
TODA PSICOTERAPIA ES BUENA Y TODAS AYUDAN AL PACIENTE, SOLO DEPENDE DE SU BUENA PRÁCTICA, CONOCIMIENTO Y HABILIDADES DEL EQUIPO, HAY QUE RECORDAR QUE EN PSICOTERAPIA UNA PALABRA, BIEN O MAL DICHA, CURA O MATA.
Si en algo te ayudé, me sentiré satisfecho, saludos cordiales colega, continúa así.
Prof. Lajús.
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By counting people; quantifying them; creating norms (stating what is a normal perception, normal memory, normal daily function); correlating data about them; and by medicalizing, biologizing, genericizing, and bureaucratizing individuals, are we creating new kinds of patients?
Afterall, when “autistics,” “hoarders,” “obese,” or “paranoid schizophrenics” emerge as new subjects, so do new types of experts identifying, assessing, and treating them.”
“Hacking argues that the human sciences are not necessarily revealing new illnesses that are then given names; instead, they are driven by “engines of discovery” and involve a process of “making up people.”
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Maurizio,
Not only economic reasons but to support the status a growth of psychiatry.
In brief, psychotropic drugs were introduced in the 1930s and given to German soldiers, without their knowledge, to increase their energy and limit their perception, so simply they questioned little of what they were ordered to do. The drugs lessened their concern for their own safety, affecting their judgement.
Psychiatry, on little real evidence, in the 1950s became allied to the drug companies convincing themselves and others that they were, and are, a means of dealing with mental illness. These illnesses then were few and far between and do not correspond to the range asserted now. These claims seem to have been based originally on tranquillizers capacity to alleviate anxiety when attending dentist surgeries. It was decided that they affected other moods or simply attitudes. From that point both psychiatry, a ridiculed part of medicine, and the drug companies expanded quickly becoming the rich and powerful institutions they are now. The bigger both got the more clients they needed. The more illnesses were invented. The more people were drugged.
A new tranquillizer emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s and were given out like sweets to dissatisfied women in tower blocks (Britain) by family doctors. Coincidentally, an epidemic of agoraphobia occurred in the early to mid-seventies that mainly affected women. This goes along with my belief that these drugs are actually harming people and not helping them. By being on drugs, people become lifelong patients instead of people who simply experienced extreme stress at some point in their life.
Now, psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies are still rapidly expanding and are reaching across the world.
Let me state, we only have psychiatry's word for these illnesses. There is no back-up evidence from independent sources. Psychiatry, and its aligned services, controls perception and says what is 'normal' and what is not. They are an elite social group with limited sense of responsibility but immense power.
Have a look at my most recent work on this, although it is short and represents only an introduction, 'Chemical imbalance: is it true?' No. In fact, it isn't.
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this is a simple article I'm up to , this has to be review Article but I hear some of my friends who her father has one of mental disorders and that makes her extraordinary kind , caring and more than anyone I know empathetic , then I noticed and find out that another friend of mine has a parent with personality disorder diagnosed but it influenced on him in a bad way may say , and I think he needs experts helps or at least care and listen so I decide to make a discussion if anyone wants to tell a story or talk maybe could help me with my Essay and also reading your sides , opinion anything ...
I would be thankful also you can send me an Email or msg here .
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Worldwide, at least 25% of persons and their families are affected by mental illness resulting in significant stress and burden;
Effects of mental illness on family quality of life - PubMed (nih.gov)
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Since mental health is the most prominent issue in 21st century. Interdisciplinary approaches might be the prominent and potent field of research. How can we interrelate mental health issues with anthropology with references to anthropology? Are there any established practices followed by certain community and culture?
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Psychological anthropology is the study of psychological topics using anthropological concepts and methods. Among the areas of interest are personal identity, selfhood, subjectivity, memory, consciousness, emotion, motivation, cognition, madness, and mental health.
https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199766567/obo-9780199766567-0124.xml A very close relationship is found between anthropology and psychology. Psychology studies the mental creations and behaviors of humans. Anthropology, on the other hand, is a holistic study of humans. There is a comparative study of human behavior and experiences.
Imo, the most exciting intersection is the history of madness, with respect to madness and civilization, e.g. rapid cultural change and mental health.
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Hi all,
For some time now, I cannot figure out what is going on with a moderation model (model 1) with a covariate that I'm running.
IV = categorical, two groups, dummy coded (lockdown (T2) or no lockdown condition (T1))
DV = continuous (mental illness)
M = continuous (resilience)
Covariate = gender (dummy coded)
I set the conditioning values at 16th, 50th and 84th percentiles. Further, I mean centred the continuous variables.
The overall model is significant.
When I run the data for visualizing the conditional effect of the focal predictor, I get a graph that I do not think is right. Resilience is pictured on the x-axis, mental illness on the y-axis, and the lockdown or no lockdown condition is noted as two variables (0 and 1) on the upper right side of the graph. I always thought that that is where the moderator should be, not the IV. That's why I'm confused.
Can somebody explain to me what is going on or what I perhaps should do differently in the analysis? A big thank you in advance :)
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Andrew Seidman I watched the video and found where I was looking for, as it was mentioned in the comments: The simple slopes are often separated by a categorical moderator rather than by the standard deviation (for a categorical moderator and continuous IV). That would explain why the graph was set up differently. I presume it was correct after all.
Thank you very much for your help. I wish you a great day.
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Today, the concept of recovery from mental illness ceases to give relevance to rehabilitation based on the illness itself and its symptoms, and is more related to hope and having a meaningful life. Peer support has been developed in many countries, voluntarily or as a work modality for many people with disabilities due to mental illness. Is there any study that has deepened the interaction between working to support another person with mental illness, and its relationship with people's sense of recovery? if recovery is connected to "turning" the focus of attention away from the illness to other things, working with people with our own illness would remind us every day that we have a mental illness. Do not you think that these two points are theoretically in contradiction?
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Peer support builds confidence and hope for healing.” Indeed, in a meta-study, Dr Daniela Fuhr and colleagues found that peers have the potential to deliver care to persons with serious mental illness that can result in improved quality of life as a result of such increases in hope.
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Can anyone help with some points of confusion around the fine line that is post-structuralism and social constructionism? I am trying to settle on a theoretical position relating to constructionist epistemological perspectives of voice hearer experiences without going off on a subjectivist ontological tangent. According to MIcheal Crotty subjectivism and constructionism are distinct in thier ontological explanations of reality but does this neccessarily have to lead to distinct methodological approaches? I am interest in exploring the social discourses surrounding lived experiences of mental illness so it seems logical to settle on discursive psychology or critical discourse as it considers the social context of such experiences. According to the mentioned author however, I could be confusing my ontologies ? Am I overthinking this?
Thoughts greatly appreciated!
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The borderline between both approaches is the role and range of human agency,
with respect to the interplay of physical reality and human psychology (perception is everything, reality is nothing refers more to the constructionist explanation model, while psychological perception is limited by physical reality refers more to structuralist view, post or not). In terms of ontology, constructionism focuses more on communication, structuralism is more centered around consequences of human inter-action. A cybernetic approach is able to integrate both positions or viewpoints, e.g. in the tradition of Hv Foerster (Understanding Understanding).
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Hi all,
I have used the 12 Item version of the Community Attitudes to Mental Illness (CAMI) scale for my undergraduate dissertation. The scale uses Likert measurements where positive statements are scored
'1' Strongly agree = 100
'2' = Somewhat agree = 75
'3' = 'Neither agree not disagree' = 50
'4' = Somewhat disagree = 75
'5' = Strongly disagree = 0
However, there is also a 6th option of 'don't know' the original paper states those choosing this option are excluded from the total score. Do I need to code this 6th option in order to exclude it? I have tried the select cases function but its still including the 6th option in the total score. Very confused! Any advice will be greatly apprieciated.
Dani
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We are doing a qualitative longitudinal study on people we interviewed 20 years ago, on their recovery from severe mental illness. We are looking for colleges that might be doing similar studies to discuss methodology, life course perspectives and results.
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We published qualitative 20 year follow up data
But we didn’t conduct qualitative interviews at baseline.
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In this preprint (Schwarz, 2021) they indicate that the use of masks has a number of negative effects on children and adolescents, although they were unable to distinguish between the use of masks and the psychological and traumatic disruption caused directly by living through a pandemic with all its consequences.
"53% of children suffer from headaches.
49% of children are less cheerful.
44% of children no longer want to go to school.
38% of children suffer from learning problems.
25% of children develop new fears.
15% of children play less".
Source: Schwarz, S., Jenetzky, E., Krafft, H., Maurer, T., & Martin, D. (2020). Corona children studies" Co-Ki": First results of a Germany-wide registry on mouth and nose covering (mask) in children. Researchsquare.com (preprint) https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-124394/v2
In any case, although I do not like to use preprints, it is useful for me to reflect on the impact that the pandemic may have on children. I have two daughters and I am beginning to observe symptoms of stress, anguish and sadness, with occasional moments of crying for no apparent reason. It is not the scope of my research, but I am concerned about this.
How do you think this will end?
NOTES FOR CONSPIRANOIDS:
As I mentioned in my discussion, talking about this preprint "...they were unable to distinguish between the use of masks and the psychological and traumatic disruption caused directly by living through a pandemic with all its consequences.". Face masks are very important to fight against flu and SARS-CoV2. The incidence of flu this year is very low due to the use of face masks, and it's important to wear masks to avoid COVID disease and the collapse of the hospitals.
Cherry-picking, suppressing evidence, or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position while ignoring a significant portion of related and similar cases or data that may contradict that position. In this case, many COVID negationists are using papers like this one to attribute that masks are bad, and this is absolutely CHERRY-PICKING, especially when in the paper's conclusions it states the following:
"It is very important to us that our results do not lead to parents developing a fundamentally negative opinion of mask-wearing among children. Many children and adolescents are grateful that they can continue to attend school thanks to the AHA+L rules and would like adults to have a positive opinion about the masks, especially since the type of mask worn can usually be chosen. Furthermore, there are children for whom the mask may be a necessary aid, for example, if they are immunosuppressed after chemotherapy. Unreflective negative statements about the mask can cause a nocebo effect and unnecessarily stress children: it is better to listen and take it seriously when problems arise. "
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I don't think it affects children because they have stronger immunity than adults
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I need this information for my project
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In DSM 5 there is a specifier for Major Depressive Disorder, "with peripartum onset". This concerns major depressive episodes that start during pregnancy or within the four weeks following delivery. The four week postpartum specifier has been a source of considerable discussion in the literature however that's what is in DSM 5.
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The tool uses nine 4-point Likert scale questions. The minimum score is 0 and 27 is the max. How can I categorize the scores into low, medium, high stigma?
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You can divide the scores automatically in 3 groups on SPSS. The you get 33% low, 33% medium and 33% high. You can also take the lowest 25% and the highest 25% and 25% from the middle and leave out 25%. We measured the stigmatizing attitudes with other means:
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I have been trying to find studies of adults who experienced adverse childhood events/childhood trauma that assess the link between ACEs and outcomes (bipolar disorder, PTSD/cPTSD, etc) using multiple measures to determine cause and effect.
A hypothetical example would be a study that assesses whether childhood emotional abuse/neglect (ACE) is associated with any 5-HTTLPR polymorphism (genetics), SLC6A4 hypermethylation (epigenetics), AND amygdala activity (fxn) in people with bipolar disorder (negative outcome) but not healthy controls who experienced similar severity of childhood emotional abuse/neglect
I know this is a huge lift and would require a somewhat large study but right now the story is missing a comprehensive view of the molecular and functional changes due to ACEs causes leads to negative outcomes.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give
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I find it quite interesting how experiences with rejection at such a young age can be associated with personality disorder development. Enjoy your research!
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Students pursuing medicine are constantly exposed to the risk of mental exhaustion and the sequalae that follows, which affects their mental health adversely. What would you as an instructor do to make sure our students don't fall prey to mental illness?
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Anxiety disorders are one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health problems among students. Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future.
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I took "attitude towards mental illness" as a dependent variable and "gender" as the independent variable to find out the gender differences in attitude towards mental illness. The data was not following the normal distribution so I did the non-parametric test to find the difference. I found the result, I interpreted and communicated the paper to the journal. Now, the reviewer of the paper has asked to control the confounders like other socio-demographic variables which might influence the gender attitude like income, education and occupation etc. So, I request the experts to tell me how to control the confounders in SPSS. In case if you ask me to run ANCOVA and Multinomial Logistic Regression so I did that too. But since, I am rookie in statistics so unable to interpret the results. Please help me!
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I'd recommend ordinal logistic regression. The reason for it is not because the data aren't normally distributed, but because they are ordinal data.
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I do not know if this is a merely coincidence, but over the last number of years doing research, I have seen hundreds of Junior Researchers (either undergrad, master of PhD students) suffering from blood- and energy-suckers coordinators. Perhaps, this is a consequence of multiple factors (such as history of academic world and labor western culture). The fact is, as a Senior Researcher or Project Coordinator, what do you do to avoid or to alleviate mental illness amongst your students?
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The psychological stability has a great impact on the educational level, because it increases his desire for education, which in turn reflects positively on his comprehension and educational attainment, and vice versa if the student's psychological state is disturbed or has a feeling of anxiety, this will lead to poor concentration and a lack of comprehension in general.
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Can anyone please give me a link to the actual scales or questionnaires used to measure percieved mental abnormality, or subjective perception of mental illness?
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You are more likely to achieve the info you want by using instruments to diagnose specific diagnoses. See Eve Carlson’s published work.
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I am looking for a low cost faraday cage to evaluate whether external stimuli affect anyone with a mental illness, learning disability, or autism . It should only have a charge less than 10 down to 0 hertz; 0 hertz is ideal. I hope someone here has more training than me acquiring these devices because are so important to my research. Has anyone studied this before?
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Are there any corporations that allow Faraday cages to be rented or used for research? This is a good question. I was curious if this were possible. I am still anxious to find one but the COVID 19 pandemic has slowed down my research.
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Describe the skills and attributes that are necessary to communicate with someone who is experiencing mental health problems.
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It is a CLINICAL relationship and praxis -not a coffee chat or between friends- that usually has a Psychodynamic basis, Support Therapy and Ventilation, Catharsis, Relationship of Help, or Counseling (and can be more than one of the at the same time) ... in the end, is to use THE WORD (the "LOGOS") as a therapeutic weapon; the Asclepiades -and Hippocrates was- already told us in Classical Greece that "the Sanitary heals with the knife, the poison and the word": the knife has given foot to Surgery, the poison to Pharmacotherapy and, the word , to Psychotherapy (and they do not have to be exclusive).
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Or some formative data to share? Interested in your inclusion of parents in your study...we are looking at the treatment of mental illness in childhood and the impact of parents on this subject.
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it is going to differ according to the various models of delivery globally and resource availability. Has anyone explored the use of Open Dialogue?
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Dear Colleagues,
I am looking for Scales in Arabic measuring barriers to mental health services.; Stigma towards mental illness, Coping with mental illness, and attitudes toward mental illness.
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Check out all of the global work by Professor Graham Thornicroft. He seems to be the best informed of the global patterns of stigma with mental health.
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When it comes to Ambivalence, it can be a symptom of mental illness but it is also something we experience in our everyday life ( I certainly do, and my wife hates it) . Where would you draw the line between normal ambivalence and pathological ambivalence? Also what is the role of attitudes (if any) towards the object? I wrote an article about attitudes a while ago. The article can be found here:
The word is free..
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Dear Sir, Henrik G.S. Arvidsson Before anyone reaches a point where He/She has absurd thoughts of killing their spouses is the time when He/She should draw a line between normal or pathological ambivalence.
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What do you think about inclusive social-interactive theater as a method of destigmatization people with mental illness and with intellectual disabilities
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I am proposing to write on Stigmatisation and mental illness among the Black and Ethnic Minorities living in the Uk , mostly the Afro-Carribeans. I would like to know how I can re-phrame the questions, as I also want to add their hospital experiences along with the questions.
I will also welcome any related Articles on this.
What are the relevant questions that I can ask in the research design.
Can I use questionnaires or interviews?
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Hi there, a worthwhile subject. Our article may be of interest, we spoke to black service users with psychotic illness about their experiences of MH services: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hex.12901
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If there is any tool which can be used for initial screening of Mental disorders by non psychiatric department as well (in hospital setting), we can prevent lots of patient (submerged portion of iceberg phenomena) in the light of clinical investigation.
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Currently Stephen Ternyik and I have been engaged (as well as members of Stephen's Lab) in the application of Ontological Engineering principles as applied to QMH (Quantifying Mental Health). As such we have designed a forensic simulator in which measurement data is feed from which AI (Artificial Intelligence ) algorithms minimize the predicted value of the "mental state" of the individual from the input measurement. The measurement input is obtained from a question answer session from both patient and people affiliated with the patient.
An overview of the forensic simulator is given in the attachment in addition to miscellaneous tools sets as provided for by the WKDB (World Knowledge DataBase) which is constantly updated with new information.
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The evidence is mixed and variable over the decades. More recently, evidence suggests mental illness can be associated with having an hysterectomy.
Case Study
A lady, aged 54 had an hysterectomy in August last year. Her mental health has deteriorated following the procedure. There is a familial history of the same or similar occurrence. For example, the lady, her mother and grandmother developing mental illness post hysterectomy. The presentation, includes depression, anxiety including panic and paranoia.
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Is there any evidence for a genetic link in the family?
Is there any evidence of increased risk of developing psychosis such as paranoid thinking?
Is there any evidence that HRT or hormone treatment can improve symptoms?
Any evidence or debate would be appreciated.
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Nice work done by (@beatrica)
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Hi,
I am struggling to figure out what statistical tests to run on SPSS for my undergraduate project. My project is exploring whether there is a relationship between knowledge of mental health and attitudes towards offenders with mental illness, with the following 3 hypotheses:
  • there will be a positive correlation between knowledge of mental health and positive attitudes towards offenders with mental illness.
  • Those with poorer mental health knowledge will score higher on the ‘self-preservation’ sub-scale of the PACAMI-O scale.
  • Psychology students will have a greater knowledge of mental health and will, therefore, hold more positive attitudes towards offenders with mental illness compared to non-psychology students.
My research utilised a scale on mental health knowledge and one of attitudes towards offenders with mental illness, both of which use a 5-point likert scale. Could anyone recommend which statistical tests I should use for each of the 3 hypotheses. I have a rough idea of what to do but I am not certain and need some clarification.many thanks in advance :)
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Yogesh Upadhyay that helps a lot, thank you. Would it be Pearson’s statistical test for H1 & H2? And as for H3, would it not be appropriate to use a MANOVA? These were my initial thoughts.
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Can anyone please give me a link to the actual scales or questionnaires used to measure perception of mental illness or the opinions of mental illness scale. Whenever I search them all that seems to be coming up is other papers/articles that have used similar things to do their research. I am currently studying psychology and hoping to complete my dissertation next year which is about how stereotypes of criminals and perception of mental health effect fear of crime. Thankyou
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Im also seeking for a tool to measure perception on mental illness. But thanks for the information above i can use it to trace
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What is the right logarithm to use to calculate how many people with serious mental illness need other services other than ACT or FACT?
Hello all out there _ have found calculations regarding ACT ans FACT but nothing beyond that re need and appropriateness for other services _ happy to have input from others _ Deb
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Thank you for your very quick response _ very helpful _ Deb
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The modern and technologized society isolates the needs that are only pieces of the human's holistic existence and living, and creates emotional unbalance for man. Modernity has gifted us with all sorts of amazing inventions, from sliced bread to self-driving cars, and the wonders of the internet and indoor plumbing. Unfortunately, the particular combination of all these modern wonders has also resulted in some fairly frightening trends in psychological and emotional problems. There are more than 200 classified forms of diagnosable mental illness. The most common psychological and emotional problems facing the world today are ones that you’re probably well aware of, but that also receive the smallest amount of attention in the media and among friends: egotism, narcissism, entitlement, depression, and dissatisfaction.
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Our current and rapid phase of exponentiality is a period of high instability, although it can end up in a more advanced state of human cooperation (gradual transition from the dominant win/lose to win/win models).
With respect to your query, I am sure that the inner limits of mankind will be tested: http://users.utu.fi/rakahu/jkl/erwin.html
This 'testing process' comes with a great and broad spectrum of medical pathologies,
in terms of physical and mental health.
As human mentalization (from external stimulation to internal response) is behaviorally dominated by the values of egotism, materialism and anti-theism (to cite E.Laszlo from the mentioned book/1980/directly), only an ethical change of value preferences (priorities) can decrease the statistical significance of the many epidemic pathologies.
A new 'theology of creativeness' is needed to overcome the modern diseases of body and soul.
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During test of cycle_gate, we ask people to walk, then they pay attention to it and their way of walking is changed, also darkness can change it too.
but that is question, whether mental illness such as depression change the cycle_gate?that could help us to find therapies for these diseases.
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Yes,affects,Of course it affect our cycle_gate. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects our feels. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
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I am planning to do a study among medical students to document stigma towards mental illness in India - If anyone can provide me scale it would be really useful. It would be further useful if anyone has a literature showing how to analyse the result documented on the scale.
If anyone can provide the following scale it would be helpful -
1.Attitude to Mental Illness Questionnaire
2. Belief towards Mental Illness scale
3. MICA-4 and MIKA-2 Scale
4. Opening Mind Stigma Scale for Healthcare Providers
5. Mental Condition Regards Scale
6. Community Attitude towards Mentally ill scale
7.Links Social Distance Scale toward people with mental illness
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Check our scale for student nurses. In case you are interested in attitudes towards mental illness in general we have studied those in Sweden.
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Hello,
my name is Viktoria and I come from Germany.
I study Art Therapy (Bachelor) in Nürtingen.
I'm in my 3rd semester right now. Next year we do an "Praxissemster" which means we have to do an internship for 6 month (or 3 month x2).
I would love to do my internship in America. So I found this platform while I was searching for possible places to do Art Thearpy.
Does anybody here maybe know an institute, art therapist or an project which/who I can contact. I would love to go to a clinic, but I'm also really interested in doing art therapy with veterans. Even art therapy with children or disabled people.
It would be just great to have an idea where to start my search to find the right place. Especially because Art Therapy is still a not common therapy form.
Thank you in advance!
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Could be interesting links, with respect to your query.
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As we know certain mental illnesses such as Bipolar Mood Disorder leads to very unique spending patterns. Although it is impossible to use a sole indicator for a mental disorder, can we use the historical spending pattern to help confirm the presence of a Mental Illness if other symptoms of that illness is already present in the individual. Or maybe as a precursor which can by examined to give the psychiatrist an possible idea as to which illness a certain individual may have.
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Dear Le Roux,
For the psychiatric diagnosis a large and complete psychopathological examination, a full clinical exam, a family medical history, and the history of previous and present signs, symptoms and behavior are all very important. No sign, symptom or behavior alone may decide a diagnosis. A financial history can be just one point for a correct diagnosis, but far from being a decisive one. I saw many times a search of a psychiatric diagnosis just to justify an out of control bad financial behavior. Normal people do a lot of bad things.
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Health anxiety is worry or concern relating to physical health but do you think people can also obsessively worry about their mental health? For example, having a parent with a mental illness could cause the child to obsess about developing this illness in the future. This individual could take precautions to avoid individuals with mental illness in the same way individuals with health anxiety might avoid hospitals. What do you think? I am currently researching this topic area.
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yes I certainly believe that one can be "hypochondriacal" ( to use the older term) with regard to one's mental health. Most of us have seen this...
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Hi!
I am interested in books or articles that discuss the history of social perception of mental illness or psychotherapy/counselling, but also in relation to relevant topics such as masculinity, stigma, mental awareness etc.
In other words, I am aiming to discuss the historical factors that have had contributed to the present state.
My thesis will study alexithymia, emotional intelligence as predictors of attitudes towards professional psychological help (counselling).
Thanks in advance!
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Please have a look at the following PDF attachments.
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How do we define normal and abnormal behavior?
How can we determine What is Normal Behavior and What is Not?
The idea
"of physical illness is readily understood: the body becomes infected or inflamed, or grows abnormally, or is affected in any number of ways, all of which can be studied conventionally with laboratory tests or under a microscope. But a mental illness is something else altogether. Mental illnesses, or emotional illnesses, are disturbances of behavior and of feeling and thought. They are disorders of function that do not correspond readily to precise physical impairments and that seem, therefore, intangible--vague, aberrant expressions of the mind. At the same time, they are elusive, because they seem to be only exaggerations of the way ordinary people think and behave. And so they are".
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Normality is something we define, we chose, an agreement of the society we live in. ("eating spiders" here vs in the rainforest). The most behavior is like the most normality differing from the true "relaxation", the "true normality" - the state no force is activated, nothing is "needed", the state of natural changes - this state is called love (or beeing in harmony with the absolute).
The most "behavior" deviates from "beeing normal" but we (our current social system, the most religions etc) define this deviation from love as normal. Therefore so many dys-harmonic (diabolic from greec dia: apart and balein: to throw) "normalities" like pollution, patriachal structures (in a separating sence), mass-farming, war, hunger and many other love disconnected behaviors are possible. Because WE define them as "normal".
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Are you considering further training in psychology? A student shares their experience researching the psychology of helping others...
Thank you kindly in advance,
Justin and Keirissa
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Self-awareness, self-compassion and self-acceptance
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am looking for perceived stigma scales toward substance users i know that most of them are adopted from mental illness scale ,but i was wondering if there any specific scales for substance use disorders .please contact me if you know or used a specific scales
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This is more about Swedish pupils' attitudes towards drug use (which lead to experimentation with drugs):
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I am looking for any recent research within the last 5 years that examines professor point of view of efficacy/stigma towards adults with ADHD and/or disability awareness and / or mental illness and/or invisible disabilities.
Thank you!
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A common assertion against religion is that it is delusion, but in order to protect themselves from seeming too bigoted, a lot of people who make this assertion about religion also demand that a delusion doesn't have to imply a mental illness.
This statement seems contrary to psychological definition of mental illness and delusion. Does the state of being delusional imply being mentally ill?
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Daniel Goldman writes "One of the biggest issues is that we can't really define delusion based on truth, because we have no real way to evaluate what is and is not true" and, although I have no objective way to evaluate the truth of this statement, I do agree with it.
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Whether a delusion is a symptom of illness has more to do with the social context and the effects of the belief than the actual content of the delusion.
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Religious and spiritual or supernatural beliefs can never be tested objectively, however even in cultures that actively encourage altered states of consciousness and belief in spirits and/or magic, there are still words to describe what we would call “delusion” or "psychosis". .
For example in Yoruba the word "were" describes a "disease" that encompasses "hearing voices; trying to get others to hear or see something that isn't there; smelling, seeing, tasting, hearing, or feeling things that others say aren't there; laughing for no reason; talking too much or not at all; piling sticks for no reason; fear of JuJu (ie witchcraft) when no-one else believes there is any JuJu".
Similarly, amongst Inuit people the term "nuthkavihak" means "talking to oneself; answering oneself; talking to people who are not there; believing a child or partner was killed by magic when no-one else believes this; believing oneself to be an animal; not talking at all; running away for no reason; getting lost; hiding in strange places; drinking urine; becoming strong and violent for no reason; killing dogs or threatening people for no reason." .
See; "Readings in Abnormal Psychology"
edited by Jill M. Hooley, John M. Neale, Gerald C. Davison
Link to relevant pages;
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Note that in both theses cultures, people are only described as delusional (or 'mad') if they exhibit several symptoms. Note also that most of these symptoms are only considered "madness" if nobody else believes in them- (your whole community may unite to kill a neighbor if enough of them believe s/he is a witch who is poisoning people- it’s only a symptom of illness if you are the only one holding the belief).
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Whether any behavior or belief is a symptom of mental illness is culturally determined. Until December 1973 anyone who was same-sex attracted was defined by the DSM as being mentally ill, and it was part of the job of psychiatry to "cure" them. When the APA decided to remove homosexuality from the DSM, and accepted that homosexuality was not an illness, (but rather part of the normal range of human sexual expression), all those people suddenly became "well", even though their feelings, beliefs and behaviours had not changed at all. The process of depathologising homosexuality was not yet over- it wasn't until DSM-III-R in 1987 that the 'normal variance' view triumphed, but this is a very instructive example of how subjective and context dependent our definitions of mental illness are.
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My answer to Daniel's original question, "Can you have delusion without mental illness?" is "Yes, of course you can". We all suffer a variety of delusions (about ourselves, about others, about the nature of the world). None of us have an objective view of the world or of ourselves, and we all carry delusions, some trivial and mundane, some extremely unusual or bizarre. Ultimately, whether delusions are symptoms of mental ill-health is not dependent on the content or floridity of someone’s delusions. It is determined by whether the delusions are causing distress, dysfunction, suffering, or increased risk of injury or death to the person exhibiting the delusions, their family, and the community they live with.
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I am inclined to explore perceptions only.
If a survey is planned then how can I devise the best questions to explore perceptions of people about mental illness.
Are there any scales or measures or interview questions that are used to explore Perceptions towards mental illness in community?
Any advice would be much appreciated and be most helpful.
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I believe while doing research about depression we are doing a huge mistake. We often use screening tools for depression, such a self-reported scale (e.g. EURO-D), and those who are at risk are often called "depressed".
Being at high risk for depression does not mean being depressed.
I often read about incredibly high prevalence of depression in many studies, but then in the methods I see a screening tool was used to measure depressive symptoms.
Depression is not diagnosed in such a way.
Diagnosis of depression can be done only in a clinical setting.
While using scale for screening, we need to talk about "individuals at high risk for depression" or individuals with "high level of depressive symptoms".
It is like if we would refer to those with low tolerance to glucose as diabetic after asking them the value of glucose last time they made a blood test. Actually, this would be even more accurate.
What is your idea?
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I agree with Michael Uebel that PHQ-9 is a useful screening tool, as well as other validated questionnaires (Zung's SDS, CES-D, HADS, Whooley, etc.). However, they are just screening tools, not diagnostic tools. A positive screening indicates that there is a likelihood of having a depressive disorder.
E.g., it is accepted that the operational features (sensitivity, specificity...) of the PHQ9 are sufficiently good to recommend its use as a screening tool, but its predictive positive value (at best: in a population with high prevalence of depression) could be around of 50 % (i. e., 50% of positive results in PHQ 9 do not have depression).
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Hi there,
I was wondering what one would make of a positive correlation between to variables that do not make theoretical sense in my sample. For example, more positive attitudes toward people affected by mental health issues with *higher* levels of stigma toward mental illness.
The literature, comparison studies, and theoretical and common sense all point to the fact that a negative relationship should instead exist (more positive attitudes toward people affected by mental health issues with **lower** levels of stigma toward mental illness [i.e., a negatively valued stigma score statistic]).
All assumptions have been tested, the measurement tool is valid and reliable. I am failing to understand what could be happening here. Does anyone have an idea or literature that I could refer to?
Thanking you in advance.
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I think that you could obtain more help with a more extensive explanation of your work. Stigma and positive attitude can mean much different phoenomena. In any case I could explain your question in this way. If I express anger for the behaviour of a patient of mine, I' m expressing a bad attitude. But I know that in the same time I have less stygma toward the patient, I dont consider him an inferior person. In the same time a nurse can express a good attitude toward the same behaviour of the same patient, because he or she think that patient is not able to decide for himself and in doing that express more stygma than me.
Well, the psychiatrist dont need always to be the smart one: I made an example for the sake of the clarity.
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Hi there,
We are running an experiment on two groups on a likert-type scale that has never before been used in our country.
While our whole sample originates from one country, the two groups are different in themselves as we are testing for cultural differences between the groups.
Moreover, while the cultural scale has been tested before in another country on the target group for which it was created - a particular nationality -- , it has never been tested on this nationality population in our country.
We are unsure as to whether we should validate the scale on both groups individually or as a whole, as it is a cultural scale which was designed to assess responses from one of the groups in particularly (the target group). However, we must ensure that the scale is valid and reliable on the comparison group also.
Upon conducting a factor analysis on both groups individually there appears to be a small number of items that do not load on any factors for one group but do load on the other group, and vice verser.
An example research question from our study: To what extent does cultural beliefs affect attitudes toward mental illness in indigenous individuals (target group) as compared to non-indigenous individuals (comparison group)?
What is the best way to be validating this cultural belief scale in this situation?
Should we be focussing on:
a) validating the scale on the general population (whole sample), or
b) on each group separately (i.e., the target group [for which the particular cultural scale was intended) and the comparison group [representing the general population, excluding participants from the target group])?
And, if we validate the scale on each group separately, how are we to compare the between-group results, based on two different scales (assuming that a factor analysis will yield different results for each group)?
Apologies for any confusion, as we are confused ourselves on how to approach this issue.
Thanking you in advance.
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Hi! It sounds like you have three validation models. Model 1 on whole group validation, Model 2 on target group validation, and Model 3 on comparison group validation. How far have you considered using structural equation modelling in determining which of the three models would show the best fit indices? Schreiber, Nora, Stage, Barlow, and King (2006), in their article "Reporting Structural Equation Modeling and Confirmatory Factor Analysis Results: A Review" provide useful benchmarks for fit indices. If you are able to get three fit indices for the three models, that could be a starting point for you to discuss the implications in selecting a particular model of validation.
Am i correct in saying that the experiment you are running intends to determine whether the tool (a likert-type scale) exhibits acceptable reliability and validity properties on a target group? Then the reliability and validity properties are to be compared with a comparison group - which seems to suggest that you are determining if the tool is more valid for one group over the other. If so, I return to my earlier suggestion of comparing the fit indices of the three (or two) models that you are using for the study. Of course, it stands on the assumption that all the groups yield the same factor structure varying only in their fit indices.
If the factor structure are not the same across the groups, maybe you could check what items load poorly to one of the factors and try to remove/ modify them and check if the structure improves or aligns with your intended configuration.
Nonetheless, try reviewing the attached article for further help.
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What is digital dementia? Will the next term be considered mental illness?
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Digital dementia is a term coined by German neuroscientist Dr. Manfred Spritzer in 2015 based on his research proving the breakdown of cognitive function related to the overuse of technology.
See:
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Dear All,
I want to assess the factors that are associated with mental illness of the University students. I read some articles where the researchers have used logistic regression. Will it be appropriate in my study?
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If you have yes/no (1/0) then do a logistic regression analysis.
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I am an undergraduate at Grimsby University studying Psychological Studies and would be greatful for any information on my dissertation proposal.
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We have studied this topic. Here is one of our papers:
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I´d like to know when was this survey conducted?
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It was submitted in May 2005. The survey date is not given anywhere in the study. Interesting reading: The open access article rather than just the abstract in the annals of general psychiatry)
The authors email addresses appear under the title- contacting them might be the best chance of finding the survey date.
Risk factors associated with mental illness in Oyo State, Nigeria: A Community based study
  • OE Amoran1Email author,
  • TO Lawoyin1 and
  • OO Oni2
Annals of General Psychiatry20054:19
©  Amoran et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2005
  • Received: 31 May 2005
  • Accepted: 22 December 2005
  • Published: 22 December 2005
Abstract
Background
The main objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and factors associated with mental illness in Oyo State at community level using the general health questionnaire as a screening tool.
Method
This cross-sectional, community- based survey was carried out among adults in three randomly selected LGAs using multi-stage sampling technique.
Results
A total of 1105 respondents were assessed in all. The overall prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in Oyo state Nigeria was found to be 21.9%, (18.4% in the urban areas and 28.4% in the rural areas, p = 0.005). Young age ≤ 19 yrs (X2 = 20.41, p = 0.00013), Unemployment (X2 = 11.86 p = 0.0005), living condition below average (X2 = 12.21, p = 0.00047), physical health (X2 = 6.07, p = 0.014), and large family size (X2 = 14.09 p = 0.00017) were associated with increase risk for psychiatric morbidity.
Following logistic regression analysis, Unemployment (C.I = 1.18–3.70, OR -2.1) and living conditions perceived to be above average (C.I = 1.99–5.50, OR-3.3) were significant predictors of mental illness while family size less than 6 (C.I = 0.86–0.97, OR-0.91) was protective.
Conclusion
The teenagers and the rural populations are in greater need of mental health promotional services. Family planning should be made freely available in order to reduce the family size and hence incidence of mental illness in the African population.
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looking for an online copy of the Attitudes towards Mental Illness Questionnaire (AMIQ) and the marking criteria to code responses if possible. I can't find it anywhere online and need it for a study.
Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
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Try Libgen --> although mainly books, you can sometimes download other things. Have you googled all possible keywords?
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Needing to know bout mental illness.
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One of my hobbies are mimickers of mental illness!!! My favorite book is "Psychological Masquerade" by Robert Taylor MD. My Master's Dissertation was about people who talk to the dead, see the dead, channeling, metaphysics, voodoo, Wicca, Espiritismo, etc. and whether or not they would be labeled psychotic by mental health professionals, when that isn't the case. Traditionally, Bipolar Depression isn't properly diagnosed for about 15 years, it is mistaken for anxiety and depression so polypharmacy is used as well as inappropriate medications. I could go on and on, great question. Again, my hobby and lots of fun to research i.e. mimickers of mental illness.
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i study social work in Italy and during this year i did my apprenticeship at the mental healt center. I'd like to develop a project concerning people who suffer from mental illness and at the same time are "criminals". the aim is the resocializzation of these people.
- Roberta Autolitano
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Yes of course I can, it is my pleasure
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These days many people are suffering due to mental illness caused by depression, anxiety, and stress. Being an educator/academician what possible ways you would like to suggest to such a person.
Thanks
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The cycle of life staring from birth and ending with death is certainly a tough journey. Preserving one's self composure and avoiding stress have become almost everyone's ideal goal. Surprisingly, we are surrounded by the people who are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered nowadays ; however, we should not spare them our love and sympathy. True love is a situation whereby the happiness of others is essential to our own. Love results in the serenity of mind which in turn produces a wonderful awareness fostering creative selflessness. This condition would indubitably harmonize our lives with both other people and nature. All in all, by having equal concerns for each other, we can create a unified world where we are able to live in rhythmical bliss with others without any stress or depression.
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Hello,
I have a question about treatment protocols and standardization of services in mental health care in the US. I am aware of numerous treatment guidelines and recommendations that have been published, for example by SAMHSA, WHO, NICE, etc. However, it would seem that theses materials function more or less as suggestions rather than as actual standard procedures.
What I would like to locate is data on the services provided in either the treatment of chronic schizophrenia or in the case of first episode psychosis. Specifically, I would like to find information on the treatment plans which are actually constructed and used in routine clinical practice. My suspicion is that there is a significant gap between the quality of services actually provided and those which have been recommended.
This question stems from a perceived overreliance on psychiatric drugs in treating psychotic disorders as well as from the recognition that there seems to be a persistent lag between psychopathology research and clinical practice. This can be seen in our current models of mental illness which is still heavily rooted in the biomedical model dating back to its initial rise to power in the 1950's. And while clinical practice still holds these views as the dominant model in the field, a recent push back against medicalization has gained popularity amongst researchers, and with it, a renewed interest in psychosocial models of treatment.
This leads me to another question about treatment standards for psychotic disorders. If you consider the poor prognosis despite available medication and the generally pessimistic attitudes toward the effectiveness of psychotherapy for psychosis, one would imagine that the development of innovative psychosocial therapies would be of great service to the unmet needs of this population. Accordingly, the literature would suggest that there has indeed been growing interest in this endeavor, and a number of therapies designed specifically for psychosis have been gaining attention. Of these approaches, a few notable examples include Metacognitive Training, ACT for psychosis, AVATAR therapy, Voice Dialogue Therapy, and IMR, among others.
So the question remains, why does it seem that CBTp is still the only intervention regularly employed in mental health care services? (I would also be interested to know how the rates of providing CBTp compare to the use of psychiatric drugs proportionally) Where is it that these alternative therapies are actually being made available to patients, and if they are not, by what process and on what timeline will they become available?
Any input on these matters would be appreciated. I would be particularly interested in locating actual statistical data on these practices. These seem to be important questions to consider, especially if my suspicions are true. From my perspective, the bias resulting from the overemphasis of a biomedical model in conjunction with a lack of enforcement of standardized protocols leads to an environment which carries significant risk of resorting to ineffective, poor quality services.
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Hi everyone.
There's a huge issue that's often ignored in my home country (sexuality in people with mental illnesses). So I decided to conduct a systematic review. My inclusion criteria is quite simple: it has to be about sexuality (any aspect of it), people with mental illnesses and based in my home country. So far, there are no results in 4 out of 6 databases. None. Not even close. There are a lot of studies about this topic, specially in the US, Canada and the UK. But I do not wish to conduct a systematic review of international literature.
  1. Should I continue with this study as it is? What if I find no results at all? How valuable and publishable would it be?
  2. Should I re-check my search strategy? I honestly believe I picked the most important databases and I've conducted a thoughtful research.
  3. Should I change my type of research? What would be more appropriate?
Please do suggest anything that comes to your mind. I greatly appreciate it.
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Why not include the international literature, contrast it with the lack of studies in your own country and then speculate as to the cause of the discrepancy. I am sure the reasons will turn out to be very interesting.
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What leads people like Bhaiyyu Maharaj and Anthony Bourdain to die by their own hand?
Does really the issues like stress, depression, boredom, and mental illness leads to suicide by so many people?
Your views will be highly appreciable.
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Too much ambition leads to more and more expectations. It ultimately creates a lot of tension in our mind. Afterwards it leads us to deep frustration.
All successful man/ woman are practically friendless. In the way of achieving goals, s/he did not generally give any importance to the persons running by his/her side. If such success comes through some curved ways, instead of any friend, the person must have many enemies.
But in some stage of life, we definitely need an actual friend who can share us. But it can not be made available instantly.
So, frustration comes in mind and it find no way to go outside from the mind. Frustration may lead to any of many bad consequences.
If I can think that there are many people below my status/ income.... who are more qualified than me, then I may control my ambitions as well as frustrations, at least partially.
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Questionnaires on perceptions about mental illnesses anyone?
Any suggestions?
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Here is a research proposal that includes a questionnair on mental health:
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In my thesis I ask forensic psychiatric professionals on their experiences of mental illness and accountability. Even though accountability is a similar concept to SMD it denotes some different details.
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You may want to check out Yaara Zisman-Ilani's work.
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We would like to have our whole questionnaire to be answered in less than 5 minutes and we need to be cost-effective with the time of our respondents.
We thought using the Beck Depression Inventory and the STAI questionnaire, but were wondering if GHQ-28 would be a better election.
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For a really brief screen, the PHQ-4: 2 items are taken from the PHQ-9 (depression scale) and 2 items are taken from the GAD-7 (anxiety scale).
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Psychiatry has established certain beliefs on human nature, that we are subject to chemical change and aberration is one, that drugs are the only cure, that we in effect are little more than machines. Are we? Is any of this really true?
Psychiatry promulgates these views and of course produces the evidence itself; evidence independent research rarely agrees with. Psychiatry, I use a group term as this best describes the process, doesn't discuss any of this with other disciplines, has created its own language, and, I suggests, often comes to very unrealiable conclusions.
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Psychiatry is always up against the protean complexity of the human brain.So I believe that the theory of chemical changes and aberration is to some extent true. Whether the absolute evidences to this theory ( along with other causes) may not be available, the drugs administered by the psychiatrist include anti-depressant,sedatives,hypnotics all suggest that we are little more than machine.
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I am looking for  a theses on support for children with parents with hoarding disorder or supports/services for children of parents with mental illness. 
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the "Survivor" movement, as "Hearing voics" and "Mad " movemebt, are three avenues with a wealth of info re: questions such as these, in a post-modern re-framed approach.
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I'm looking for research around changes in mental illness based on age/developmental stage (from early adulthood on). I have a hypothesis that expression/experience of symptoms of what we call MI change over time based on (most likely) hormone changes, life circumstance, development of maturity, wisdom and coping skills, etc., but haven't seen any research that addresses this specifically. In some sense this seems obvious, yet it doesn't, to my knowledge, seem addressed in research on SMI. For example, Marsha Linehan, diagnosed early on with BPD, but would no longer meet the criteria today for that diagnosis. How do we explain this? Or others, who have done well managing their bipolar disorder through non-medication related means, (ME Copeland interviewed ppl for her workbooks, and in developing WRAP). Any ideas or thoughts welcome, and if you know of specific research on this topic, please share.
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There is literature on menopausal changes and how it can impact mood disorders. This represents hormonal changes which can also occur with pregnancy and postpartum periods. I see many women with hormonal shifts that have postpartum mood and anxiety disorders as well. You can also see a rise in MI in older adults and elderly men represent the highest risk of suicides.
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I am doing a research about stigma towards mental illness. Hope can get some help and recommendation
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  1. Larry Yang recommended in the answer by Cheryl above has done quite a lot of work on stigma and especially the cultural aspects that "matter most" and shape stigma in a particular culture. See for example: Yang L. H., Thornicroft, G., Alvarado,R., Vega,E., & Link,B.G (2014). Recent advances in psychiatric epidemiology: utilizing what matters most to identify culture specific aspects of stigma. International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(2),494-510.
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I am researching the impact of severe and enduring mental illness on cancer outcomes and I am trying to source any unpublished material on this topic.
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I know you requested "unpublished" but just in case...
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The Community Health Dept. of St. Stephen's Hospital, Delhi, India started this project in 2014 May. It was possible due to funding from The Hans Foundation. We built awareness on Mental Health & Mental Illnesses in a slum community through Community Mental Health Workers. Being a part of a tertiary care hospital we were able to hold Psychiatry Clinics too. The project came to an end June 2017. I feel the community may or may not remain aware and educated about mental illnesses after a few years though we are still running the Psychiatry clinics fortnightly.
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I similarly, began a community program (career development for ex-offenders) in November of 2014. I have found the counselor advocacy model articulated by Lewis, House, Arnold and Toporek (2003) to be helpful. The model details a systematic approach comprised of three primary intervention levels: client/individual intervention, community level, and the public arena. We began by providing a workshop series to individuals in a group format. Then using the Lewis et al. model we added components representing the community, and public domains. For example, partnering with other community service providers (Public Library, Goodwill Industries), creating an Internet website, lobbying for changes in city policy by attending city council meetings, and becoming a regular participant in the Department of Public Safety's offender re-entry meetings. Sustaining the program has required a combination of support from partners (e.g., the local public library provides meetings space and publicity; my University provides technical website support and volunteers; the Department of Public Safety helps publicize our workshops), some grant support, pro bono work by professional counselors, participation by interns and student volunteers, etc. I hope that you find my response helpful in sustaining your important community program and services.
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My Lab Colleagues and I (Stress Lab, UCLA, directed by Dr. Slavich) are looking for colleagues available for collaborations in translations and validations in different languages of this new online interview, assessing person’s cumulative exposure to stress over the life course. STRAIN is an innovative measure considering chronic and acute stress that can influence the human mental and physical well-being. The participants have to rate the severity, frequency, timing, and duration of each stressor they endorse. This interview is “smart” because the questions are presented to the subjects on the basis of the previous answers (for example, questions about children will be skipped for persons who, previously, claimed not to have children). The STRAIN already exists in English, Spanish, German, Swiss (High) German, Brazilian Portuguese, Croatian, and Italian. A version for adolescents also exists (but only in English for the moment).
One of our goals is having the STRAIN in several languages to implement transcultural studies on stress. We are interested in research work collaborations with clinical (mental and physical illnesses) and non-clinical populations.
If you are interested in an adaptation study for your Country, in an already existing language, please, contact me: eddycollazzoni@hotmail.it.
Below you find the link to STRAIN online page. You can find there all of the information and publications concerning to the STRAIN, including the American validation study (Slavich, G. M., & Shields, G. S. Assessing lifetime stress exposure using the Stress and Adversity Inventory for Adults {Adult STRAIN}: An overview and initial validation. Psychosomatic Medicine.)
Please, contact me for all of the information you need.
Best Regards,
Alberto Collazzoni
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 
Assistant Project Scientist, UCLA, Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist 
primary e-mail: eddycollazzoni@hotmail.it
secondary e-mail: ACollazzoni@mednet.ucla.edu
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Paedophiles a condition where a persons sexual preference become a child. In this context do they suffer from mental illness or is it just a hormonal disorder which cant be cured or not and makes them do what they are up to?
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There is no evidence that it's "just a hormonal disorder". And mental illnesses are illnesses by analogy. Is drinking large quantities of alcohol and neglecting your family an illness like malaria or melanoma, or is it a behaviour?
You have asked about a very complex problem in a way that suggests that you might do some reading on the subject rather than asking for a clear-cut answer which no-one around here can really give you.
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In my legal systems class we were discussing the insanity defense and I remembered reading something about a defense that hinges on "not being present" used in cases where people commit crimes while sleepwalking , or while so intensely dissociated that they don't even remember anything.
My teacher didn't know of any examples. I was wondering if anyone knew of any cases where this was used as the defense, either unsuccessfully or successfully.
I'm particularly looking for people who have experiences with the legal system, or with people with severe mental illness.
Thanks much!!
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