Course Description

A (Gentle) Introduction to Mental Illness

In this broad introductory course students will explore how mental illness is diagnosed and treated, with a focus on psychosis, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Along with lecture and discussion addressing questions and issues, we will view clips of movie scenes and compare Hollywood portrayals of mental illnesses with the reality of mental illnesses.

Course Details

By completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders
  • Explain how antidepressant and antipsychotic medications work
  • Identify how mental illness is diagnosed and treated by psychiatrists



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