Mental Health and Religion in the Evangelical South, Rhonda Mattox, MD
Public perceptions of psychiatric conditions are shaped by a number of factors including how mental illness is portrayed in the media. Christian clergy who reach large audiences through televised sermons can be influential in shaping attitudes about this subject, especially in the South. This presentation will give an overview of how televised clergy conceptualized mood, anxiety, and emotional disturbances. It will describe the social norms within the Southern Evangelical Christian Community (SECC) framework that may contribute to delays in accessing mental health treatment.
Hispanics and Mental Health: A Growing Concern, Maria Llorente, MD
The Hispanic population in the US is growing and will soon represent the largest proportion of minorities in the country. Hispanics are a diverse group, with differing experiences. While the overall prevalence of many psychiatric disorders is lower in countries of origin, once a critical time period has elapsed, prevalence of psychiatric disorders among Hispanics in US approaches that of Americans. Hispanics, as a group, tend to underutilize mental health services. Cultural and sociopolitical factors for this underutilization will be reviewed and discussed. Strategies to work with Hispanic families effectively will also be reviewed.
The New Normal and Why LGBT Individuals Aren’t Like Everyone Else, Michael R. Kauth, PhD
This presentation will give an overview of mental health problems experienced by American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals within a heteronormative culture. Heteronormativity refers to cultural norms that privilege heterosexuality and traditional gender roles. Within this framework, rigid binary gender roles, stigma, and marginalization are viewed as major contributors to mental health problems experienced by LGBT individuals. The “New Normal” of American culture that we see on television and popular culture has not reached deep enough in society to eliminate these problems.
DSM-5: What You Need to Know: A Master Workshop from the Experts, Erick Messia, MD & Purushottam B. Thapa, MD
This presentation will highlight the many changes too DSM-5 and the rationale behind them including the reorganization of the chapters (the “metastructure”), the creation of new diagnoses and categories, the consolidation of some diagnoses, and the deletion of others. The demise of the multiaxial diagnosis will be reviewed. The changes include an emphasis on dimensional ratings, gender, and cultural issues. Controversies accompanying the development of DSM-5 will be explored. Persons attending this meeting will understand the use of DSM-5 in clinical and research settings, and for administrative purposes.