What is Mental Illness. Why do you believe Mental illness exists.

What is Mental Illness. Why do you believe Mental illness exists.

For this paper, a. This will be based on readings from the history of mental illness and diagnosis. b. You will talk about DSM criteria for mental illness as well as alternatives to this definition as discussed in class. You will be expected to give your own definition based on your understanding of the above arguments will basically cover the material we discussed in class concerning Thomas Szaz and his challenge to the concept of mental illness. Make sure to refer to the basic criteria for defining something as abnormal from our second class period, the arguments made by Szaz, and the advances made recently in understanding mental illness spurred by the change in NIH criteria for funding studies based on symptoms rather than diagnosis. This has led to advances in genetic and neuroscience understanding of mental symptoms. Length will be approximately 4-6 pages. Cite your sources and include in a reference page as well as in-text citations Disscuss the effects Modern judgements of abnormality are are not based on any one criteria, instead it’s influenced by interaction of the the three Ds- dysfunction, distress, deviance, and dangerousness. Dysfunctional: Behaviors and feelings are dysfunctional when they interfere with person’s ability to function in daily life, to hold a job, or form relationships. Distress: Behaviors and feelings that cause distress to the individual or to others around him or her are considered abnormal. Deviant: Highly deviant behaviors like chronic lying or stealing lead to judgements of abnormality.