Chapter 9 Mental Health

Chapter 9 Mental - I ntr oduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Mental Health Services 1 Social Work has assumed a key role in the

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Unformatted text preview: I ntr oduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Mental Health Services 1 Social Work has assumed a key role in the provision of mental health services, promoting emotional well-being, advocating for parity of mental illness services with physical illness services, and helping to develop affordable and accessible treatment methods and interventions to alleviate mental disorders. 2 Social workers constitute the largest group of mental health professionals in the United States. 3 M ental H ealth and M ental I llness Mental health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and cope with diversity. 4 M ental H ealth and M ental I llness The term mental illness refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders – health conditions characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. 5 M ental H ealth and M ental I llness Biological and Psychological Factor s The mind is now understood by most researchers to be “activities” in the brain, a physical body organ. Mental illness, in most cases, can be traced to physical changes in the brain. There is no real split between mind and body or between mental and physical health. 6 M ental H ealth and M ental I llness Biological and Psychological Factor s A biopsychosocial perspective is needed to successfully diagnose and treat mental disorders. This perspective focuses on interactions between a person’s social environment, medical history, past experiences (trauma, family, peers, school, larger sociocultural environment), psychological variables, 7 M ental H ealth and M ental I llness Social Factor s Gender, culture, race, poverty, and age are important variables in correctly diagnosing mental disorders. A client’s problems must be seen in the context of the social environment (family, peers, colleagues, friends) and the larger physical and cultural surroundings. 8 M ental H ealth and M ental I llness Social Factor s Cultural interpretations of symptoms differ. A specific behavior may be acceptable or normal in one culture or setting and viewed as pathological in another. 9 The M ental H ealth Car e System H istor ical Backgr ound Explanations of mental illness have changed over time, and public beliefs about mental disorders have strongly influenced treatment....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course SOCW 200 taught by Professor Brethwaite during the Spring '10 term at George Mason.

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Chapter 9 Mental - I ntr oduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Mental Health Services 1 Social Work has assumed a key role in the

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