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10-2 Mental Illness Current events, announcements  o Prop 8 That would reverse the Supreme Court – constitutional amendment about marriage Particularly interesting? Concerned that Pepperdine is linked with gay marriage – wants the  institution’s name removed from the ad for Prop 8 What is mental illness? o Looking critically about mental illness – we’re not saying that it doesn’t exist*** o How we define it – is a social construction o STORY – national conference with experts in the field of deviance Will deviance disappear? Patricia Adler – “all you have to do is look at the field of mental illness” We are adding more and more people who are mentally ill into the rubric Constantly adding to our list of what is defined as a mental illness o EX: depression – concept that is largely found in developed, industrialized  nations (not so much in poor countries) o ADD – issue with behaviors that have been defined as a neurological problem o Personality disorders – how we come to define certain aspects of an individual’s  personality as a disorder 1963 – Thomas Szasz – wrote the “Myth of Mental Illness” Looked historically at how we define mental illness – starting with  Freud’s day Trauma in childhood central creator of developing, creating mental  illness Sexual drive behind these illness S – how we define mental illness is rooted in our social context o “Hysteria” – big problem of many Victorian/European women Symptoms: based on women’s menstrual period Fainting – emotional  o Seen a major problem the psychiatry faced Thought to have come from – the fact that women by nature were  emotionally unstable – ruled by their uterus – center of operations Women were seen as less rational  Not an accident that women were weaker **Wealthy women during this time were wearing a HEAVY Corset with 
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