Like what Myers says in his psych book, “People are fascinated by the exceptional, the unusual, the abnormal” (Myers 2013). This statement that is presented in the book is really ultimately true. People study people, whether intentional or not. The more “different” one individual is from society, the more he or she stands out and is made an outcast from the rest of society. Those who possess disorders are different, though they cannot help it and they should not be isolated, but they are.
According to the book 450 million people in this world suffer from mental or behavioral disorders, which that account for roughly 6.5% of the population (Meyers 2013). This strikes me as odd. 6.5 is not that small of a percent, so why is it that the 93.5% of the remainder of the people of the world get to judge the remainder of the worldly citizens. Since there are three aspects that help to lead to a psychological disorder: biological, psychological, and social-cultural, it is hard to believe that we are not bringing these disorders upon ourselves.
Even after we as humans categorize “flawed” other individuals into the “broken” column, we then again split them from there into categories that best align those who are similar. Anxiety, mood, schizophrenia, and a numerous other categories are the labels that we corral them into.
Anxiety is broken up into five groups in the book: Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Myers 2013). Anxiety disorders seem to have a common social trend or a more focused inner self. These disorders to me resemble how we view the world. Each of the disorders listed above tend to be a mental loop or err in the human code. It is not that these individuals are different from the “norms” in society, these people just seem to have a greater sense of fear and negative outlook on life. Being both feeling and cognitive driven, I believe that these can be overcome and turned in a positive direction.
Along the lines of the feelings felt in anxiety, mood disorders are another category individuals are classified in. This category is interesting to me for a number of reasons, but one of them is that the moods are negative. The two listed in the book are Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Why are they both so sad? What about extreme happiness or joy or any other positive moods, are they exempt from being classified as disorders? Moods change in an instant, and there are times certain moods stick longer than others, thus examples being depression and bipolar. Depression and being bipolar however are extremely dangerous however and one who is around these individuals should help out. Though it is manageable to deal with, depression is extremely hard to live with alone.
Schizophrenia, or split mind as it is also...