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Our Connections to Mental Health


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Presented at the Western State College's Healthy Connections Conference-April 21, 2012

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Our Connections to Mental Health

  1. 1. Participants will: Review the medical model of mental health Evaluate the Positive Psychology model Understand a few past and present cultural models Consider the impacts of biofeedback research
  2. 2.  The 1st edition was published by the APA in 1952 DSM-II (1968), DSM- III (1980), DSM-IV (1994) The 5th edition is scheduled to come out May 2013 with deep reservations from top psychiatrists
  3. 3.  The authority of any doctor depends on their ability to name a patient’s suffering. For patients to accept a diagnosis, they must believe that doctors know that their disease exists and that they have it. By DSM criteria, a staggering 30 percent of Americans are mentally ill in any given year
  4. 4.  In the US, conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War often found themselves diagnosed as mentally ill. Not all individuals who have a mental disorder are aware of their failure to function. Schizophrenics are a good case in point - often denying that they have a problem. The definition of dysfunction is subjective and dependent upon culture and social context.
  5. 5.  Similar to life insurance, which pays when a person dies, health insurance should be called sick insurance To receive mental health services, you have to claim mental illness and obtain a diagnosis If you’re better and want more mental health services, you have to claim you are sick to be reimbursed.
  6. 6.  In 1958 Marie Jahoda was the first to make the case for understanding well being in its own right, not simply as the absence of disorder or distress, and called it Ideal Mental Health. Identified five categories which she said were vital to feelings of well-being: self perception, realistic self-esteem and acceptance, voluntary control of behavior, true perception of the world, sustaining relationships and giving affection, self direction and productivity.
  7. 7.  Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.
  8. 8.  People who express gratitude on a regular basis have better physical health, optimism, progress toward goals, well-being, and help others more (Emmons &Crumpler, 2000).
  9. 9.  Positive psychotherapy relieved depressive symptoms on all outcome measures better than treatment as usual and better than drugs Found that 55 percent of patients in positive psychotherapy, 20 percent in treatment as usual, and only 8 percent in treatment as usual plus drugs achieved remission.
  10. 10.  Research has shown that one way to help suffering people is to focus on the building of strengths. Prevention researchers have discovered that there are strengths that act as buffers against mental illness Prevention can be far more effective than cure The responsibility of a psychologist is not merely to heal damage and treat disorder, but also to guide people toward a life that can be fulfilling and meaningful.
  11. 11.  Does our community/culture have a grief releasing process? If so, how effective has it been? What have you learned from your own processes about connection and what blocks connection?
  12. 12.  “Connection is ultimately about health and happiness. Its not about spreading a belief system, political agenda or philosophy. Its very much like the right to clean air and clean water. Think of these processes as dedicated to assuring there is the right to healthy connections with self, nature and others.”
  13. 13.  In recent years, scientists have discovered that the heart has its own independent nervous system —a complex system referred to as “the brain in the heart.” This system receives and relays information back to the brain in the head, creating a two-way communication between heart and brain. Emotions are no longer understood to be purely mental expressions, but a just as much are a heart and body expression.
  14. 14.  Seeking to raise global awareness about the field of negative mental and emotional pollution. Believes the negative energy encircling the globe is harming Earth Calling on Earth Day supporters to show their commitment to care for our planet. Examining how collective human emotional resonance in response to mass events of emotional significance is reflected in the earth’s magnetic field.
  15. 15.  A state associated with: Sustained positive emotion High degree of mental and emotional stability Constructive integration of the cognitive and emotional systems Increased synchronization and harmony between the cognitive, emotional and physiological systems
  16. 16. Cut Through Christian Prayer Be aware of how you feel about  Offer praise of recognition an issue at hand.  Give thanks for blessings Breathe a positive feeling or  Confess sins attitude.  Forgive offenses of others Be objective, as if the issue or  Communicate needs problem is someone else’s. Rest peacefully in this neutral  Listen for response or read Bible state, allowing your heart  Close in thanks for results intelligence to offer new perspectives and possibilities. Soak and relax all resistances and disturbing or perplexing feelings in your heart’s compassion. Ask for guidance, then be patient and receptive. While awaiting an answer from the heart find something or someone to genuinely appreciate.
  17. 17.  Could our mental health agencies and providers serve the community differently? Who should be responsible for our community’s mental health? What can you do to improve the mental health and wellbeing of yourself? Your community?
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