Begin this assignment by introducing yourself to classmates—giving your name, current occupation, and areas of interest that might be covered by this course. Next, share your ideas, observations, and experiences regarding mental disorders by responding to the following:
What are your own opinions about people with mental disorders? Have you encountered persons with mental disorders? Please describe the persons and disorders without disclosing identities. Read the cases and respond to the following:
Can we be sure that these cases represent mental disorders? How do you define a mental disorder? What do you consider as criteria that identifies a mental disorder? What might prevent us from correctly identifying a mental disorder? What do you think are some consequences of incorrectly identifying a mental disorder?