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Mental Health
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A Worksheet and a Webquest

    You are about to begin exploring the world of mental health. There are several assignments for you to do. Please click on the word "worksheet" above to print out a copy of the assignment, if you need it.  Not every answer will be on this page--some information you have learned in class.

Mental Health Professions
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Psychiatrist
A licensed physician who can prescibe medication, and can have people admitted to hospitals.
psychologist Psychologist
 Health professional who has a Ph.D. in Counseling or clinical psychology. They are trained in various types of therapy. Can do individual and group counseling  sessions. Can specialize in family and/or sexual counseling.
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Social Worker
Health professional who has a Masters' Degree. A profession or work of providing people in need with social services.
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Counselor
Health professional with a Master's Degree in counseling or psychology. Advisor on personal problems.Somebody who helps others with personal, social, or psychological problems.


Now you are going to learn about 2 types of  mental illnesses: ANXIETY DISORDERS and MOOD DISORDERS. Please click on the links for each disorder, then answer the questions about it on your worksheet.
ANXIETY DISORDERS

anxiety
A group of illness that have in common persistant feelings of tension, uneasiness, or apprehension, plus physical symptoms.

Examples of  ANXIETY DISORDERS:
General Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Phobias
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

MOOD DISORDERS

depression
A disorder in which a person undergoes mood changes that seem inappropriate or extreme.

Examples of MOOD DISORDERS:
Depression
BiPolar (or Manic Depressive ) Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Suicide

Case Studies
Assume that you are one of the health professionals described above. Choose 4 of the following Case Studies and diagnose the patient. Choose 2 from Case Studies 1-4, and 2 more from Case Studies 5-8. See the form on the worksheet for complete instructions.

Case Study # 1
Case Study #  2
Case Study # 3
Case Study # 4
Case Study # 5
Case Study # 6
Case Study # 7
Case Study # 8

Mental Health Webquest
     Please do the following assignment on a separate paper. All instructions are included in the box below.




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       Based on what you've learned so far, and the information provided in these websites, write your own case study. The subject of the case study can be a friend or a relative. You choose the disorder, either an anxiety or mood disorder,  create a medical situation, and some possible solutions to help the person.

       Your case study should be 3 paragraphs long, size 12 font, double-spaced, or it can be neatly handwritten. Your name, the date you do the paper, and your class period should be in a heading at the top of the paper.  The first paragragh will be a description of the person in the case study. Remember--only use the person's first name. Provide a description of their behavior, and it must be consistent with their disorder. The second paragraph will be a description of their disorder, and it should match up with their behavior. The third paragraph will be a plan to help the person--the type of health professional they should visit and possible steps to take to help the person in the case study.
Discovery Health

Kids Health--Depression

Going to a Therapist

Kids Health--Your Mind

All About Anxiety
 
For Kids and Teens:  Mental Health

Teen Mental Health Problems