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Effect of perinatal mental illness on the infant and family

Effect of perinatal mental illness on the infant and family As has been discussed in earlier chapters, the infant is extremely dependent on the sensitivity and responsiveness of her primary caregivers. Depression and/or significant social or personal adversity interferes with social functioning and emotional availability, and may make parents less contingent and sensitive in interaction […]

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Mental illness or adjustment difficulties?

Mental illness or adjustment difficulties? The transition to parenthood, which occurs at a biological, psychological and social level, and the range of factors that influence the ability of an individual or couple to adjust to the many changes associated with parenthood, have been discussed (see Chapter 5). Many, but not all, of those who have […]

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Occurrence of perinatal mental illness

Occurrence of perinatal mental illness Studies suggest that up to 40 per cent of women experience psychological distress after having a baby. Not only the mother, but also her partner and children may be affected by this and the effects may be transient or long lasting. This distress does not always fit easily into traditional […]

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stalking behaviors and mental illness

stalking behaviors and mental illness Stalking is a crime involving pursuing an individual in a threatening and potentially dangerous way; state laws vary on legal defi nitions (Meloy, 1998). More broadly defi ned, college students experience stalking as unwanted, repeated attention or harassment that creates fear in a reasonable person. Fisher et al. (2000) found […]

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transgender mental illness study

transgender mental illness study Transgender is an umbrella term for individuals who transcend traditional gender norms—behavior and values that society deems appropriate for one sex or another—and includes transvestites, transsexuals, and gender benders. Many students are content with their biological sex, yet because they do not behave in gender-stereotypical ways consider themselves transgender. Th ey oft […]

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False Allegations of Mental Illness and Undiagnosed Mental Illness

False Allegations of Mental Illness and Undiagnosed Mental Illness Many people believe the myth that mothers make many false allegations of abuse against fathers. However, studies tend to show that fathers more often make false allegations of abuse against mothers rather than vice versa . Often if a mother claims the child’s father abused her, […]

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Cautions when using medicines for mental illness

Cautions when using medicines for mental illness • Many medicines interact with alcohol. In particular, medicines that cause sedation will worsen the drowsiness felt after drinking alcohol. • The doses given in the tables are for adults. Use a third to a half of these doses for people over the age of 60 and for children aged […]

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Human rights and mental illness

Human rights and mental illness In the past, people with mental illnesses were locked up, chained to walls and treated as if they did not deserve any dignity or compassion. Even though these terrible scenes are rarely seen today, the human rights of mentally ill people continue to be abused in many parts of the world. Many people with […]

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Promoting the rights of people with a mental illness

Promoting the rights of people with a mental illness Literally, stigma means a physical mark on the body. This is what was done to people with mental illness in some societies, as a way of marking them as being different. Today, people with mental illness are excluded or marked out from society in more subtle ways. It is […]

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The early identification of mental illness

The early identification of mental illness Detecting the onset of a new mental illness Often there is considerable delay before a person with mental illness is brought to you. There are three important reasons for this: • Many mental disorders start very slowly. For example, depression and schizophrenia take weeks to develop, so that there is no real […]

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