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Unusual habit is a complete and obtainable textbook. Turner covers definitions and classifications of habit, nervousness and consuming issues, temper problems and schizophrenia, and therapy of bizarre habit. each one bankruptcy is via specimen questions written in examination type.
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It is difficult to gather information about the real-life roles and interactions between psychiatrists and patients because of ethical considerations. There are a lot of different ‘experts’ with differing opinions on the causes and appropriate treatments for mental health problems. This might lead critics to question whether any experts actually exist! Steinberg (1989) proposed a different way of viewing the roles of patient and practitioner. He believed that: • the clinicians are experts in their own speciality • the patients are experts on themselves • the clinicians have a responsibility to teach and to learn.
There was very little difference in the rates of severe mental illness reported across the world. For the genetic argument to hold, higher rates should have been seen in countries with largely black populations. People from ethnic minorities in Britain often experience a range of disadvantages in the areas of housing, education, health and employment. They can also be subjected to overt racism and prejudice on a daily basis. Littlewood (1980) suggested that what is judged as ‘insane’ behaviour by some mental health practitioners, may actually be a legitimate and understandable response to disadvantage and racism.
The same demand characteristics could operate in the medical model, with patients overemphasising physical factors. The class, race, gender, culture and age of either the patient or the practitioner will also have an impact on the consultation process. For example, Levine and Padilla (1980) found that Hispanic patients disclose less about their problems to non-Hispanic white clinicians than do white patients. E V A L U AT I V E C O M M E N T The demand characteristics of the consultation process are apparent in physical illnesses as well as in mental health problems.