In the previous post, we learnt what psychological disorders are. To recount what we learnt, psychological disorders, also referred to as mental/psychiatric disorders/illnesses, are, according to DSM-5, 'syndromes characterized by clinically significant disturbances in an individual's cognition, emotion regulation, or behaviour that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning'. They are usually associated with significant distress in social, occupational, and/or other important activities. It is important to note that an expected/culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder. Socially deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) and conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are not mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict results from a dysfunction in the individual, as described above (excerpt from Psychology Today). Today, with the help of this video from Crash Course, we learn about obsessive-compulsive disorders and anxiety disorders.
N.B. Making jokes about psychological disorders is not only insensitive, but also ignorant. Using these disorders as nicknames for things people do only increases the stigmatization that people who actually suffer from them face.
1. YouTube channel Crash Course.
3. Psychology Today.
*All cited material is linked to its source.
Did you know that 20% of the world's population suffers from psychological disorders? Going by the current world population, listed by the U.N as 7 billion, that's 1.2 billion people that struggles with mental disorders. In Kenya, 1 in every 4 people is likely to suffer from mental illness in their lifetime (yet the country has only 88 psychiatrists and 427 nurses qualified to handle the illnesses in the 14 mental health hospitals, which have a bed capacity of between 15 and 25). Despite these staggering statistics, many people still do not know what mental health means or what psychological disorders are and there is a general stigmatization of people suffering from psychological disorders. It is time that we had this conversation.
Video source: Crash Course
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