Monday, November 26, 2007

Seasonal Affective Disorder

S.A.D. - is unlike the "Winter Blues" or "Holiday Blues"in intensity and duration. The "Holiday Blues" for example, tend to result from unrealistic expectations of the holidays, anxiety over gift-giving (financial difficulties), remembrance of loved ones lost or memories of past holidays with loved ones lost. The duration is temporary, lasting days to possibly weeks.

S.A.D. -believed to be associated with decreased exposure to sunlight in the winter months. Treatments often include exercise - preferably outdoors, cognitive therapy, photo therapy and/or medications. Women seem to experience S.A.D. more often than men - perhaps this is because men are less likely to seek treatment.

Mayo Clinic - Information about S.A.D.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Information about S.A.D.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Psychology (3rd Period, Nov. 27, 4th Period, Nov. 28)

First, answer the assigned questions from the November 17th post entitled, "Depression and Teenagers." You may post your answers online or hand them in on a separate piece of paper. Assignment is due at the end of the period.

Second, if you finish early, spend some time looking at the "Ending Hunger" and "Coats for Kids" posts. Visit the links listed under each post. (I suggest looking at the ABC news story under the "Coats for Kids" post and the CBS news story under the "Ending Hunger" post.) If time permits, after reading and/ or viewing some of the news stories, post your comments.
Social Readjustment Scale (Wikipedia Entry) Definitely check this out. Included is a scale particular to the stressful life events of minors.
If you have time, comment on the scale for minors. Does it seem realistic? Any other comments about this site?
Also note the links on the "Depression and Teenagers" post, especially those from the American Psychological Association. I mentioned both studies in class. If you have time today, read more about them.
These links contain a lot of information about depression:
Fourth Period: Here is the wikipedia link to Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lesson Plans and Discussion Questions from "Good Will Hunting"

Lesson Plans - "Good Will Hunting"

Psychology and "Good Will Hunting"

Wikipedia entry - "Good Will Hunting"

Wisconsin State Journal Article - Risk Factors and Child Abuse

Additional Information (Long-Term Effects of Child Abuse)

Answer the following questions (Use the links above to help you answer the questions):

Trauma as a young child can manifest itself in a number of ways later as an adult. How does the trauma Will experienced as a child manifest itself? Give three specific examples from the movie.




What other examples did we talk about this semester with regard to the lasting effects of childhood trauma? Provide three specific examples.




Briefly discuss Will's attitude toward therapy in the beginning. How does this relate to his disorder(s)? 

When does Will's attitude change? Why? What does this mean with regard to his future?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Body Image (Resources and Discussion Questions)

APA Report: Sexualization of Girls - Depression, Anxiety
APA - "Rumination" Not so good...
Reviving Ophelia Questions (Video) This is an assignment for all Psych students. You may post your answers online or give them to me on a separate piece of paper. Assignment due: Nov.27
1. According to Pipher, how is the media toxic to both boys and girls?
2. Briefly discuss the psychological implications of this.
3. What advice does Pipher provide girls for combating the barrage of cultural negativity they are confronted with (especially from the media)?
4. What advice does Pipher give boys with regard to their relationships/friendships with girls?
If you enjoyed this video, I recommend the book, Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher. You may also enjoy the book, Ophelia Speaks by Sarah Shandler.
Ophelia Speaks
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Jean Kilbourne's book, Deadly Persuasion, an excellent resource on the toxicity of the media and body image
New York Times Article Detailing the 1998 Figi Study - Women and Body Image - Before and After the Introduction of Television

Friday, November 9, 2007

Stoping Female Genital Mutilation - A Human Rights Issue

Links from WPR's "Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders"
This link contains links to a New York Times article on the issue as well as several NGO sources containing more information on the topic.