Chapter fifteen is centered on psychological disorders. This happens to be what I find the most interesting about psychology--what goes wrong. Not only what goes wrong but also how we know it, and how we can fix it or improve it. We start at the beginning, with how people treated the mentally ill in history, like criminals essentially. We now know that these people did not intentionally act like this and it took people like Dorothea Dix to stand up to society and say that these people were not criminals and deserved sane and humane treatment. It really makes one appreciate modern medicine and society. Glancing through the pictures I noticed one of a witch, which immediately brought me back to Monday's lecture where Professor Brothen showed the lecture a clip from "Monty Python" about the witch and whether she was in reality a witch. I found that this coincided nicely with the ways of knowing and scientific thinking he spoke on in lecture, this historical way of treating those who are different, and possibly mentally ill. It is true that thinking scientifically will help you in all aspects of life. This chapter also went in to some detail on the different and most common disorders. These include: anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, and dissociate identity disorder to name a few. Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID I find to be particularly complex and interesting. Obviously I am not alone in this interest as there is a full-length movie entitled "Sybil" about a woman who had over twenty different personalities to cope with the trauma of her childhood. What is sad and unfortunate is that for some these conditions go unnoticed and it may lead them to live a thoroughly unhealthy, unhappy life. But as a fore mentioned thankfully we have new ideas about mental illness and ways to cope.
the above link is for a pretty cool picture representing DID