Introducing mental disorders: phobias, depression and OCD

In this post I’m going to look at ideas for introducing mental disorders. The AQA specification states students need to know and understand behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD before considering each of the named disorders from a specific perspective: behavioural approach (phobias explanation and treatment), cognitive approach (depression explanation and treatment) […]

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CBT under challenge

  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) became part of the mainstream treatment for psychoses in 2002, when the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) endorsed it as the main psychological treatment for schizophrenia. In 2009, they further recommended that CBT be offered ‘to all people with schizophrenia’, repeating this endorsement in the latest 2014 […]

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A new insight into phobias

Could a fear of spiders, snakes (or even orcs) actually be an inherited defence mechanism laid down in a family’s genes by an ancestors’ frightening encounter with one of these terrifying beasts? New research suggests that memories can be passed down through the generations as a result of chemical changes in DNA that allow offspring […]

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Is DSM 4 still creditworthy?

I asked AQA about this and received the following reply from AQA: Both A2 Principal Examiners have agreed that as DSM5 has only just been released, students will be credited if they do use it effectively but examining will reflect both versions of the manual.  At least for this teaching year, examiners in summer 2014 will […]

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Antipsychotic drugs

A German study just published by Moritz and colleagues provides an interesting insight into antipsychotic drugs used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. Data was collected by asking psychiatric patients to complete a questionnaire about their experiences in taking antipsychotic medication for their mental disorder. The conclusion was that such drugs are effective […]

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