Respond to the assigned questions using the lessons and vocabulary found in the reading. Support your answers with examples and research. Your responses should clarify your understanding of the topic. They should be your own—original and free from plagiarism. Follow APA guidelines for writing style, spelling and grammar, and citation of sources.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by analyzing each response for completeness and accuracy and by suggesting specific additions or clarifications for improving the discussion question response.
Are Mental Health Issues Like Depression Related to Race?
While there is a plethora of research that has examined health disparities in chronic and infectious diseases, less research has examined the relationship between diseases and mental health. Depression in particular, can be a huge risk factor for illness and disease.
Studies suggest that blacks are more depressed than whites, given their increased exposure to race-related and generic stress (George & Lynch, 2003; Brown, 2003, p. 293).
Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Why? Are depressed moods and race related? State at least two studies that refute the statement. Justify your answers with appropriate research and reasoning.
Brown, T.N. (2003). Critical race theory speaks to the sociology of mental health: Mental health problems produced by racial stratification. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44: 292–301.
George, L.K., and Lynch M.S. (2003). Race differences in depressive symptoms: A dynamic perspective on stress and vulnerability. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44, 353–69.
Developing Personal Wellness
Developing a personal health statement is a critical step in taking ownership of one’s personal wellness. Identifying personal risk factors and behaviors that lead to illness, disability, and injury help to define areas for health education, prevention, and promotion for an increased quality of life. Government agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assist individuals and community members by developing prevention policies, such as the creation of smoke-free cities to promote health and address objectives for healthier individuals, communities, workplaces, and schools.
What positive lessons can be learned about social illness prevention? What positive lessons and drawbacks can be learned about the development of health policy and individual lifestyle programs relating to personal choices? Justify your answers with appropriate research and reasoning.