Archive for December, 2015

Help Amber

sm156522 on Dec 9th 2015

Contemporary Document

This document is a ghost story abut four young girls playing with a ouija board for the first time. First thinking it was a joke the girls mess around with it, until it takes hold of one of their hands and they seem to be communicating with a ghost. They communicate with a girl Amber who is asking for their help, the board spells help over and over again. In the end the girls hear on the news that there was a flood in Alabama and among the deceased, was a girl named Amber. This ghost story applies to our wonderland because of the supernatural element. Before mental illness was treated as a medical issue it was considered spiritual, this document is a story told to kids about communicating with different spirits. Also Ouija boards are a game many kids have or had the access to and the whole “speaking to ghosts or spirits” may be deemed insane by none believers which  fits in with our binary of sane versus insane.

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A Möbius Strip

sm156522 on Dec 7th 2015

Historical Document 4

This document lays out the influences of Paul Möbius on the progression of psychosis and the way the world understands it. He believed that psychosis covered the spectrum of hysteria melancholy mania and paranoia, and in this text is described as the reason for the breakthrough of the understanding of hysteria as a psychogenic condition rather than a condition of the nervous system. He also is credited, in this document, as the first to establish private institutions for work therapy. These ideas and implements are pivotal in the worlds understanding of psychosis because it helps us understand the shift from problems stemming just physical issues of the nervous system to the problem actually being from the brain.

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Creative Document: Reminder Message

sm156522 on Dec 7th 2015

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A warning to our protagonist. Will she ever find out what it means?

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Mental Health America 1909

g.arrieta on Dec 7th 2015

Mental Health America 1909

Historical Document

Mental Health America is the United States’ leading Mental Health Organization. It is a Non-profit organization that was establish in 1909 as a Country-wide benefactor to people with metal Health issues. This organization is an example of the shift of the view of insanity in the world to a medical centered issue. It’s goal is to identify mental illness in patients at the earliest stage possible. Some of its commendable contributions to Mental Health as a whole in America are the creation of over 100 Child guidance clinics around the country, the creation of various ethical laws and statutes that are now incorporated in several states, and conduction of surveys and case studies of common mental illnesses such as bi-polar disorder.


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Definition of Psychosis

g.arrieta on Dec 6th 2015

“Psychosis is a conflict between the inner self and the environment, which takes the form of perceptual distortion, such as delusion or hallucination” Sigmund Freud


Cited Source: Lobel, Daniel S. “History of Psychosis.” Abnormal Psychology Across the Ages. Ed. Thomas G. Plante. Vol. 2: Disorders and Treatments. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013. [15]-29. Praeger Perspectives: Abnormal Psychology. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 21 Nov. 2015

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The first use of the Word Psychosis (1845)

g.arrieta on Dec 2nd 2015

Historical Document 2

The term “Psychosis” was first introduced by E. Von Feuchtersleben, in his textbook “Principles of Medical Psychiatry” in 1845. The original text is currently very rare and expensive to find. In this document, M. Dominic Beer speaks on the history of the word Psychosis, and references to Feuchtersleben and his textbook when speaking about the original use of the word. He sums up Feuchtersleben definition of the word by stating that Psychosis has four categories: melancholia, mania, dementia, and idiocy. He then goes and describes what each of these terms individual referred to. Melancholia referring to depression, Mania to anxiety and delusions, Dementia to memory lost, and idiocy to abnormal motor behavior. Dominic afterwards speaks on different uses of the word from then to the present

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