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Open University. What would be the benefits and drawbacks for Bronwyn, whose story was featured in Unit 2, of being assessed as having a psychiatric disorder?

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[Type text] TMA 01 What would be the benefits and drawbacks for Bronwyn, whose story was featured in Unit 2, of being assessed as having a psychiatric disorder? What is mental distress? Mental distress is when someone experiences changes in their thoughts and feelings. Their behavior will be significantly different, both in themselves, and how they behave around others. This greatly interferes with their home life, work life, social life and their relationships they have with others. Examples of mental distress would be anxiety disorder, depression and schizophrenia. (Ethomed, 2003) The diagnosing of mental distress can mean different things for different people. It must always be dealt with in a sensitive matter. No doctor can ever be certain as to how the individual may act when informed. The diagnosis itself must never overshadow the person, their qualities and personality, or their unique life experiences. (The Open University, 2008, p. 104) (a) (Bowers, 1998) tell us, that those who experience problems such as anxiety or depression may not actually appear different, to those who are not experiencing mental distress. With regards to Bronwyn and the mental distress she is experiencing, this could well be the case. To everyone else, and the outside world, things may seem that everything is fine with her. However, Bronwyn is experiencing mental distress on a daily basis, in all aspects of her life. From listening to the audio (The Open University, 2008) ...read more.


will feel better. Other positive impacts of being diagnosed for Bronwyn would mean that she would have full understanding of her illness. This will then lead on to finding out what can be done to help her. Having proper access to the health and social care system is available once a formal diagnosis has been made. It means Bronwyn will be able to get access to those who can help her. Without a diagnosis getting an appointment with the likes of a psychiatrist or psychologist is close to impossible. Appointments like these are done by referral only (The Open University, 2008, p. 52) (d) A drawback to Bronwyn?s diagnoses could be issues surrounding stigma and labelling. Stigma and labelling can take many different forms. Goffman (1968) speaks of three types of stigmatised identity. These are Abominations of the Body, i.e. Physical deformities or Blemishes of individual character, i.e., Alcoholism or homosexuality, and Tribal identity, i.e. religion or social class. The first two are directly related to users of health and social care, which in this case, would be Bronwyn. Goffman refers to non-stigmatised people as ?normal?; therefore, having a stigmatised identity can have many implications. This could leave Bronwyn wide open to labelled insults such as lunatic or crazy woman. In turn it could lead to Bronwyn being stereotyped, or having generalised assumptions made about her character, and/or her abilities. (Goffman, cited in K217, Chapter 5, p.10) ...read more.


This would be a stepping stone to her feeling better. Economically, at the minute, Bronwyn?s hands are quite literally tied, however, should she be formally diagnosed and receive treatment she should be able to return work, which in turn will leave her better off financially. Politically Bronwyn could maybe contact her local politician and ask them to intervene in the area. They could maybe put in a play park for the children, or set about getting a better, more reliable bus service in operation. For Bronwyn to decide whether to get diagnosed or not, she could ask herself how she copes on a daily basis? Does she feel that she is coping well? Does she feel she could cope better than she does now? Does she feel she could do with more help? The answers to these questions are important, as ability to function on a normal day-to-day basis is a large factor in determining if an individual needs professional help and support (The Open University, 2008, p. 114) (g) From going over the K225 course material it seems that being diagnosed is much better than not getting diagnosed. Yes there are cons; however, there are pros and cons to every situation in life, and overall, it is about making the right decision at that time; regardless as to whether negative issues may come or not. A formal diagnosis to Bronwyn will not only make her feel like her old self, but will also allow her to grow in strength and stability, which then allows her to deal with any negative issues, should she face any. ...read more.

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