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Beth White PubHlth 160 My Body, My Health March 4, 2011 Journal 5 According the Frances Moore Lappe, as seen in lecture, individuality means “developing one ’s unique gifts, and [being] able to share them for the enjoyment of oneself and others” (Public Health 160 lecture, Daniel Gerber, Spring 2011). In college, students are all trying to express their individuality which is why the UMass social norms campaign against drinking is useless. Mental models, similar to social norms, influence how we see and understand the world, thus affecting our actions. People need people; this is evident with the growing number of support groups. There is Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, groups for sex addicts, groups for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, groups for people dealing with cancer or other terminal illnesses, and many more. Dr. Dean Ornish, after developing a treatment plan for patients that was based on support groups, made an amazing discovery that people who were surrounded by others in similar circumstances, which promoted a feeling of intimacy and helped them heal quicker. As a Psychology major, and as someone who has battled depression, I completely agree with this. When people feel depressed, they tend to isolate themselves from the world, often not leaving their place of residence for weeks on end. In my case, it really hit me my freshman year here at UMass after someone I had been dating for some time told me to “go f***ing kill” myself . In one of the more difficult periods, I did not leave my room for 3 weeks, other than to eat, and even then, I tended to bring food back to my room and eat it there.
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