Case Studies / Activities
Undertake some research to find out the meaning of the terms below. Some will probably be quite familiar to you, but do you have a clear definition of their meaning? Other terms will possibly be less familiar. A useful source of knowledge would be a good introductory psychiatry text – Michael Levi’s (2005) Basic Notes in Psychiatry, 4th edition might be a useful starting point. You will also find factsheets useful on sites such as, Mind – for better mental health – http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/
As a student of social work it is not necessary for you to have an in-depth knowledge of mental illness to work with people with mental health issues; however, grasp of the basic groups of conditions and some terminology can greatly assist your practice, particularly when working in interprofessional teams.
- Premorbid personality
- Affective disorders (and find some examples)
- Organic disorders (and find some examples)
- Pressure of speech
- Personality disorder