the past, the subject of mental illness was surrounded by mystery and
fear. Today, tremendous progress has been made in understanding and
treating these illnesses.
person in seven living in the US will require professional help for a
psychological disorder at some time in their life (Atkinson, Rita L. et
al., 1993). These disorders can take many forms and have a
wide range of symptoms. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age,
race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of
personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental
illnesses are treatable. Helping people understand what these illnesses
are and why they occur may help to take away from some of their mystique
and better prepare people for dealing with these situations if they
You will be assigned to research one of the topics below, and teach your classmates about the illness/disorder.
Research your topic, starting with the sites listed below. Use the Research Worksheet provided to take notes. *Be sure to put the information in your own words – do not plagiarize!
Create a Power Point presentation that will teach the class about the mental illness/disorder you researched.
-You should have 15-20 slides that provide information, not including your sources.
-Your last slide should list the websites you actually used to gather information (Google.com is NOT a research site!)
-Be sure to check spelling, capitalization, grammar, & punctuation.
-Practice your presentation – if you don’t know what you are talking about, or can’t pronounce some words, you will come across as being very unprepared!
-Slide transitions should be simple!
-Be sure slides are easily readable and interesting to look at.
-Save your Power Point to a flash drive AND your H: drive.
Present your Power Point to the class. You will be called on in random order, beginning on Wednesday, March 6.