Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental illness, the value and limitations of these conceptualizations, treatment approaches based on biological explanations, and psychiatric opposition to these methods, are explored in detail throughout the course. Students learn about the following categories of mental illness and disorder, their assessment/diagnosis and treatment, during the first half of the semester: Anxiety-based, personality, and mood disorders, and the schizophrenias. Opposition to biochemical theories of the "new psychiatry" are examined in detail during the second half. Students are encouraged to develop and express their own point of view on controversial topics. Lecture and discussion format.
Course Requirements and Grades Paper 20% Mid-term examination (essay) 40% Final examination (essay) 40% Total = 100%
Carson, R.C. & Butcher, J.N. (1992). Abnormal psychology and modern life (Ninth Edition). New York: HarperCollins.
Breggin, P. (1990). Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptic drugs: Evidence, etiology, implications. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 11, 425-464.
Cohen, D. & McCubbin, M. (1990). The political economy of tardive dyskinesia: Asymmetries in power and responsibility. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 11, 465-488.
Frank, L.R. (1990) Electroshock: Death, brain damage, memory loss, and brainwashing. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 11, 489-512.
Coleman, L. (1990). False accusations of sexual abuse: Psychiatry's latest reign of error. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 11, 545- 556.
Ofshe, R. & Watters, E. (1993). Making monsters. Society, March/April, 4-16.
Submit a five to eight-page, typed, double-spaced paper describing your own philosophy of mental illness and its treatment based on the material we have studied in class. The paper is due on August 24.
Clear and accurate writing will be taken into account in assigning grades. Material discussed in class, and not in any of the readings, may form the basis for questions on the examinations. Students are responsible for anything covered in class during their absence. Readings must be completed by the session to which they are assigned. Additional readings may be assigned during the course. Final grades are calculated on a numerical basis.
Class Schedule Date Topic Reading July 20 Defining "mental illness," Lecture historical perspectives on Carson & Butcher mental illness, DSM-III-R Chapters 1 & 2 July 22 Anxiety-based disorders Carson & Butcher and personality disorders Chapters 6 & 8 July 27 Mood disorders and suicide Carson & Butcher Chapter 11 July 29 The schizophrenias Carson & Butcher and delusional disorders Chapter 12 August 3 Clinical assessment and Carson & Butcher biologically-based therapies Chapter 16 & 17 August 5 Review August 10 Mid-term examination August 12 Organic Mental Disorders Carson & Butcher Chapter 13 Tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptics Breggin article August 17 Political economy of TD Cohen et al. Electroshock Frank August 19 False accusations of sexual abuse Coleman Making monsters Ofshe and Watters August 24 Contemporary issues Carson & Butcher Review and papers due Chapter 19 August 26 Final examination
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