Issues in Human Services
Adult Mental Health Issues
What is Mental Health?
• What is your understanding of mental health?
• Creating a safe place to talk about mental
health ...
Definition of Mental Health
• The definition of mental health is changing.
• Mental health seen from more holistic
approac...
Body/Mind/Spirit
• It is important to take care of our bodies.
Adequate nutrition, exercise and avoiding toxins
are seen a...
Living with Mental Illness
• What is mental illness?
• 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness
at some point in ...
Addressing Stigma
• In Canada, efforts at national, provincial and local levels to address
stigma
• Mental Health Commissi...
Types of Mental Illnesses in Adults
• Psychiatrists have developed a text identifying
types of mental illnesses (disorders...
Anxiety Disorder
• A person experiencing an Anxiety Disorder will:
• Have at least 6 months of persistent worry about
a nu...
Social Anxiety Disorder
• Many types of anxiety
• One type often overlooked is social anxiety
disorder
• Let one woman tel...
Major Depressive Disorder
• A person experiencing a Major Depressive
Disorder will have one or more depressive
episodes wh...
One woman’s experience with
Depression and What helped her
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzXuZIUDI-s
Bipolar Disorder
• A person experiencing Bipolar Disorder will have
experienced at least one or more Major Depressive
Epis...
To live with Bipolar Disorder
•
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWguFrH
CzZM
Schizophrenia
• A person suffering with Schizophrenia
demonstrates symptoms falling into 2
categories:
• 1. Distortions in...
Living with Schizophenia
• Those living with schizophrenia speak of the
difficulty with their thoughts, emotions and
tryin...
Substance Abuse
• This is seen as a separate disorder - significant
overlap between mental illness and
addictions.
• Those...
Living with Substance Abuse
• A man who has overcome his substance abuse
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyMzzVJC
Z-w
Mental Illness and Addictions
• Some people live with a psychiatric disorder and a
substance abuse disorder and/or gamblin...
Consequences of Mental Illness
• The diagnosis of a mental illness can be very
difficult. Trying to understand what is
hap...
Suicide and Mental Illness
• Those people suffering from depression, bipolar
disorder and schizophrenia are at risk for su...
Suicide Prevention
• More openness about suicide and mental
illness
• Community awareness through Suicide
Prevention progr...
Causes of Mental Illness
• The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
cites that most mental illnesses are a
combination o...
Political/Sociological Factors
• Gender Differences: Women experience mental
illness differently than men-1.5 times more l...
Racial/Cultural Differences
• Aboriginals of Canada
• Important to understand the political,
economic and social context o...
Aboriginals’ Experience
• Seven generations ago Aboriginal people lived
close to the land, to each other and in tune to th...
Aboriginal Experience
• Understanding the aboriginal person
presenting with mental health issue means
understanding the wa...
Recovery from Mental Illness
• In the past people with mental illness often
hospitalized for long periods or indefinitely ...
Recovery Continued
• For many mental illnesses, psychiatric treatment
involves:
• 1. Education about the illness and treat...
Future of Mental Health
• Anti stigma programs to allow a more
compassionate approach to people who live
with mental illne...
How you can help?
• Creating a non-judgmental attitude towards a
person with mental illness
• Listening to her/his story a...
References
REFERENCES
1. www.cmhaontario.ca retrieved February 2012.
2. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and S...
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  1. 1. Issues in Human Services Adult Mental Health Issues
  2. 2. What is Mental Health? • What is your understanding of mental health? • Creating a safe place to talk about mental health and mental health issues. • Chances are some of us have experienced mental illness ourselves or with someone close to us.
  3. 3. Definition of Mental Health • The definition of mental health is changing. • Mental health seen from more holistic approach- Body, Mind and Spirit • Canadian Mental Health Association defines mental health as: • Ability to enjoy life, Resilience, Balance , Self Actualization, Flexibility
  4. 4. Body/Mind/Spirit • It is important to take care of our bodies. Adequate nutrition, exercise and avoiding toxins are seen as crucial to our well-being. Emotions have an effect on the body. • Our thoughts affect our mental health. Thoughts supporting the person rather than self judgment or judgments of others affirm mental health. • Relatively new to mental health field is the person’s spiritual dimension .
  5. 5. Living with Mental Illness • What is mental illness? • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives • Many people do not seek help due to Stigma – Negative attitudes and behavior towards people with mental illness • What are some of the myths? • Results of negative attitudes: inequality in employment, housing , education; loss of family/friends, self-stigma
  6. 6. Addressing Stigma • In Canada, efforts at national, provincial and local levels to address stigma • Mental Health Commission of Canada – Opening Minds 2009 to educate following groups: • Health Care providers • Youth 12-18 • Workforce • Media • Canadian Mental Health Association(Ontario) publicity re: stigmaLocal chapters at many events to demystify mental illness • http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/muchtalks/mentalhealth/
  7. 7. Types of Mental Illnesses in Adults • Psychiatrists have developed a text identifying types of mental illnesses (disorders), the symptoms, the age one usually experiences the disorder and some causes for the disorder • Several common mental illnesses will be discussed in class. Note: there are many more not addressed here but no less important to the individual, family and community • Within each group of people living with mental illness, there is a range of lived experience and ability to manage their lives.
  8. 8. Anxiety Disorder • A person experiencing an Anxiety Disorder will: • Have at least 6 months of persistent worry about a number of events/activities • The anxiety is accompanied by at least 3 other symptoms: restlessness, easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and disturbed sleep • Anxiety affects the person’s functioning at school/work and relationships
  9. 9. Social Anxiety Disorder • Many types of anxiety • One type often overlooked is social anxiety disorder • Let one woman tell you her experience with this disorder: • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0YCxZl3s po
  10. 10. Major Depressive Disorder • A person experiencing a Major Depressive Disorder will have one or more depressive episodes which involves at least two weeks of Depressed Mood or Loss of Interest in nearly all activities as well as four of the following: change in appetite, weight or sleep; agitation or slowed thoughts or movements, decreased energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide thoughts, plans or attempts.
  11. 11. One woman’s experience with Depression and What helped her  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzXuZIUDI-s
  12. 12. Bipolar Disorder • A person experiencing Bipolar Disorder will have experienced at least one or more Major Depressive Episodes and at least one Hypomanic Episode • See above for depression. For Hypomanic episode the person experiences a distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood, last at least 4 days. Also he/she will have 3 or more of the following symptoms: Inflated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, more talkative than usual, racing thoughts, distractibility, increase in activity at work/school, socially or sexually; excessive involvement in activities with negative consequences
  13. 13. To live with Bipolar Disorder • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWguFrH CzZM
  14. 14. Schizophrenia • A person suffering with Schizophrenia demonstrates symptoms falling into 2 categories: • 1. Distortions in thought content (delusions) i.e. being persecuted; in perceptions (hallucinations) i.e. auditory- hearing voices; in language and thought processes ( disorganized speech); self monitoring of behavior • At least 2 of the following for at least a month:
  15. 15. Living with Schizophenia • Those living with schizophrenia speak of the difficulty with their thoughts, emotions and trying to engage their environment. • First symptoms usually identified by family members; social withdrawal, loss of interest in school/work, deterioration in hygiene, unusual behavior, outbursts of anger • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXO4Civ0 eU
  16. 16. Substance Abuse • This is seen as a separate disorder - significant overlap between mental illness and addictions. • Those people experiencing substance abuse disorder have shown the following in a 12 month period: • Recurrent substance use resulting in failure to fulfill role at work, school or home • Recurrent use in situations which are physically hazardous (i.e. driving a vehicle) • Legal problems related to substance abuse
  17. 17. Living with Substance Abuse • A man who has overcome his substance abuse • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyMzzVJC Z-w
  18. 18. Mental Illness and Addictions • Some people live with a psychiatric disorder and a substance abuse disorder and/or gambling disorder. Concurrent Disorder • Having either one increases likelihood of having the other • Those people living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia especially vulnerable to substance abuse • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests the following reasons the two coexist: • People use substances to feel better i.e. self medicate • The effects of substances look like mental illness • Substances cause harm in his/her life leading to anxiety/depression • Biological disposition to both or have experienced
  19. 19. Consequences of Mental Illness • The diagnosis of a mental illness can be very difficult. Trying to understand what is happening, what treatments to take and how this will affect the person’s school/work and relationships with family and friends. • Treatment can take time. Uncertainty is a common reaction. Will this treatment work? Will I live with this for the rest of my life? Can I return to my role as student/worker/caregiver? Who am I with this illness?
  20. 20. Suicide and Mental Illness • Those people suffering from depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are at risk for suicide especially if their illness is untreated or undertreated. • Depression- likely to become 2nd leading cause of disability by 2020. Highly linked to suicide • Bipolar disorder creates high risk for suicide, 15 % higher than the general population • Schizophrenia creates 4-10% lifetime risk for suicide • These illnesses combined with other factors increase the suicidal risk. • Protection against Suicide: Effective
  21. 21. Suicide Prevention • More openness about suicide and mental illness • Community awareness through Suicide Prevention programs • Education about suicide and the warning signs • If have any concern about someone thinking about suicide, let her/him know that you will accompany them to the nearest hospital emergency • Get support for yourself and take care of
  22. 22. Causes of Mental Illness • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health cites that most mental illnesses are a combination of biological factors, psychological factors and stressful life experiences. • Genetic predisposition: inherited family genes or altered genes at conception • Childhood developmental issues • Stressful or traumatic life events • Alcohol, medications or illicit substances
  23. 23. Political/Sociological Factors • Gender Differences: Women experience mental illness differently than men-1.5 times more likely to experience depression, more symptoms, more physical symptoms and other mental health issues than men • Reasons? Biology – different brain chemistry and hormonal cycles • Social/Psychological – Women have been socialized to value relationships and tend to blame themselves . Taught to derive self esteem from physical ideals. Internalize anger • Trauma – women are more likely than men to experience sexual abuse in childhood and rape in
  24. 24. Racial/Cultural Differences • Aboriginals of Canada • Important to understand the political, economic and social context of the Aboriginal people • Compared to non-aboriginal people, aboriginals experience higher rates of experiences of discrimination/racism, major depressive episodes and substance abuse with suicide. Rates of suicide are 8 times higher for females and 5 times higher for males than the
  25. 25. Aboriginals’ Experience • Seven generations ago Aboriginal people lived close to the land, to each other and in tune to the rhythms of nature. • British and French colonization – land taken with the accompanying natural resources, domination of the culture Canadian Government defined Aboriginal Status – disrupting families where the women could not maintain their Status if married a non-Aboriginal man • Residential school system – separation of children from their families, not permitted to speak their
  26. 26. Aboriginal Experience • Understanding the aboriginal person presenting with mental health issue means understanding the way their history has affected their opportunities for stable living conditions, education, work and self worth. • (Dr. Joanne McCarthy, BA(Hons), ND, Fall 2011)
  27. 27. Recovery from Mental Illness • In the past people with mental illness often hospitalized for long periods or indefinitely with the main treatment being medications to control behaviors. • Today hospitalization is sometimes used to help stabilize the illness and reintegrate the person back to the community where they may continue to see a psychiatrist or family doctor to monitor medications and/or other mental health professional for therapy/support. Some people will not need hospital but the ongoing support of
  28. 28. Recovery Continued • For many mental illnesses, psychiatric treatment involves: • 1. Education about the illness and treatment for the individual and family/friend. • 2. Psychiatric medication: finding the right medications with the fewest side effects to change brain function • 3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Trying to change thoughts which affect feelings of anxiety or low mood
  29. 29. Future of Mental Health • Anti stigma programs to allow a more compassionate approach to people who live with mental illness • More research to understand how the brain functions and what treatments can heal the brain • Early detection so effective treatments start early in a person’s life • Supporting families to raise mentally healthy children
  30. 30. How you can help? • Creating a non-judgmental attitude towards a person with mental illness • Listening to her/his story and understanding the context of the illness • Seeing the whole person
  31. 31. References REFERENCES 1. www.cmhaontario.ca retrieved February 2012. 2. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fourth Edition, Text Revision, Washington, D.C., 2000. 3. www.mentalhealthcommission.ca retrieved February, 2012. 4. www.camh.net retrieved February 2012. 5. Mate, Gabor In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts Vintage Canada, Random House, Toronto, 2009. 6. McCarthy, Dr. Johanne, B.A. (Hons), ND. “The Context of Aboriginal Health in Canada” CAND Vital Link, v. 18i3 Fall 2011, pp.35-43. 7. Pouther, Michael PhD and Hymie Anisman, PhD. How does your environment affect your gene health and is there a link to suicidality? CASP News Volume 19 November 2010.

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