January 20, 2015 Abnormal Psychology, Northwest Missouri State University
• When should someone seek assistance?
• What is a diagnosis?
• When do we diagnose?
• How come Thomas Szasz, (Psychiatrist; 1920-2012) says society creates abnormality?
• (Ironically, while Szasz's political position (that people should not be locked up just for being different) prevailed, many in the psychological and psychiatric professions rejected his theoretical position (that there is no such thing as mental illness). For example, Kety (1974), responding to Szasz's statement that mental illness is a myth, collected all the evidence for genetic influences on schizophrenia. He concluded, "If schizophrenia is a myth, it is a myth with a strong genetic component" (p.961, “The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct,” 1961.)
• What are some of the historical treatments of mental illness?
• Who have been some of the first early names for writing treatments?
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Harnisch, Author of Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography 2014), Second Alibi: The Banality of Life (2014), Sex, Drugs, and Schizophrenia (2014), and Lover in the Nobody (2014); Film Producer and Screenwriter of On the Bus, all of which are studied in the genre of mental illness and schizophrenia, in particular, based on Harnisch's personal experiences, and also being taught by Dr Edwards, PhD-MBA, at Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO.
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Northwest Missouri State University is a public institution that was founded in 1905. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,542, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 370 acres. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calendar. Northwest Missouri State University's ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 80. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,156 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,407 (2014-15). (Source: U.S. News & World Report.)
Thank you for taking the time and interest in mental health education and advocacy. More to come; it has been a true pleasure to be a guest with the 2 featured back-to-back classes; the first day of the trimester, had not been recorded properly. This recording on January 20, 2015, is the second class day of the trimester; Abnormal Psych. Please spread the word for mental health awareness. Next up will include a Q&A with author, Jonathan Harnisch, and material on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), definition, symptoms, and so forth.
— Jonathan Harnisch, Twitter: twitter.com/jwharnisch