SOC 313 Week 4 Discussion 1, Psychiatric Conditions
Prior to engaging in this discussion, read Chapters 7 and 8 in your text as well as the articles by Clark, et al. (2013) and Cummins (2013). It is highly
recommended that you also watch one or two of the videos on mental illness from the TED playlist, All kinds of minds (9 talks), as these provide valuable insights into a variety of disorders and the issues associated with them.
For this discussion, refer to the information in the “Introduction to the Miller Family document.” Lucy Miller is a 20-year-old college student who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Sarah Miller, her mother, recalls that as a teen, Lucy would get very talkative at night and couldn’t go to sleep. Sarah also ….. that Lucy was kicked off the cheerleading squad when her GPA fell below 3.0, and that during this time, Lucy’s friends were being mean to her. When this occurred, Lucy was “really down” for a couple of months.
She didn’t want to talk to a counselor and she told her mother Sarah that she would be fine. Lucy blamed the entire situation on the issues with the girls in her class. However, coping with the mood swings became increasingly difficult for her. Lucy began experimenting casually with illegal drugs and found that they helped. Unfortunately, she kept getting them from friends at school and has now become addicted to them.
Examine the potential biological basis for Lucy’s psychological disorder. What, if anything, in her family history might point to this issue being hereditary?
Be sure to apply basic medical terminology where appropriate. How much volition is …..in mental illness?
How much is related to environment and genetics?
Do we think about mental illness differently. When we know the person well versus if the person is a stranger (e.g., a homeless individual or a panhandler on the street)?
Analyze the impact that our stage of lifespan development has on how we think of our own mental health and the mental health of others. What impact does it have on our associated behaviors and the long-term outcomes associated with the disorder?
SOC 313 Week 4 Discussion 2, Substance Abuse
Prior to engaging in this discussion, review Chapters 7 and 8 in your text, read “Recovering Health Through Cultural Traditions” by Krohn (2013), and review the Instructor Guidance.
Refer to the information in the SOC313 Family Document. For this discussion, address the scenario below based on your assigned family member who is currently experiencing issues with substance misuse and complete the discussion according to the instructions.
Last Names Beginning with A – E: Lucy Miller is a 20 year old woman who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As a coping mechanism for her wild mood changes. Lucy began experimenting with illegal drugs while still in high school and has now become addicted to them.
Last Names Beginning with F – N: Lucy’s younger brother, Josh, was recently …..using marijuana. His response to his parents when ….was, “It’s just an herb! Grandma Ella says as long as it is natural, it is good.” In truth, Grandma Ella has not said anything about marijuana and does not know that Josh has been using it.
Last Names Beginning with O – Z: Sam Miller, Lucy and Josh’s uncle, is 50 years old and divorced. He works as a foreman on the Maldonado produce farm. He is an alcoholic and has been ……with severe substance use disorder due to his alcohol addiction. His alcohol use is affecting his position as the foreman. Over the past few months, he has experienced emotional outbursts and missed work. She started arguments with the workers, third-party wholesalers, and Al Goldberg (Olson family). Sam has been upset that his parents ….the family farm to the Maldonado family instead of …..it down to him.
For your assigned family member, analyze the biology of substance misuse. And describe its potential for dependence in certain families and the outcomes of various behaviors. Is it likely that Lucy, Josh, or Sam had a genetic predisposition to alcohol or substance addition? How does lifespan development make a difference in propensity to misuse substances? How does the stage of life at which the misuse begins affect the user’s behaviors?
SOC 313 Week 4 Quiz 1, Psychiatric Conditions and Substance Use Disorder Terminology (10 Questions and Answers)
SOC-313 Week 4 Quiz 2, Psychiatric Conditions and Substance Use Disorder Terminology (10 Questions and Answers)