Mental Illness Journal of Nursing

Why is Psychiatry so Taboo?

Why is Psychiatry so Taboo?

Tags: culture Mental Illness Psychiatry stigma

In almost every society, psychiatry has an adverse stigma attached to it. Any form of mental illness is perceived as a sign of weakness. In some cultures, psychiatry is not considered an important or prestigious form of medicine. To acknowledge the importance of psychotherapy is to recognize that the members of the society may have some mental abnormality. There is a thin line between sanity and insanity. So to concede that something is wrong with one' relatives is the admittance that one may be inflicted with the same disorder.

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Was “Winnie-the-Pooh” mentally ill? An Interesting Assignment to Learn about Mental Illness

Was “Winnie-the-Pooh” mentally ill? An Interesting Assignment to Learn about Mental Illness

Tags: mental health Mental Illness wellbeing wellness

When you assess and analyze some of our favorite childhood cartoon characters some of them display signs and symptoms of mental illness. This assignment engages students to learn about what defining characteristics to look for when assessing patients for mental disorders and just how subliminal messages especially those that are negative can be harmful to our well-being.

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A Competent Psychiatric Nurse: What role does empathy provide in competency?

A Competent Psychiatric Nurse: What role does empathy provide in competency?

Tags: caring caring in nursing Competency Empathy mental health Mental Illness Psychiatry

The fundamental foundation in initiating competent skills as a psychiatric nurse is similar to any specialty in nursing. We must implement the necessary processes of providing the standard of care by using the method known as the nursing process. To successfully implement these steps it is necessary to seek understanding of the clients’ individuality which takes effort, establishment of rapport, and time. Empathy is an essential factor to obtain accurate data, individualize interventions, and best outcomes addressing the clients’ uniqueness. As a psychiatric nurse one noted that empathy plays a significant role in providing competent care and optimizing positive outcomes for my acute mentally ill clients.

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