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Mental Health Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
span USA is an online organi­zation that helps suicide prevention
psycho­logists are experts or specia­lists in psycho­logy.
defense mechanism: denial, escape­/fa­ntasy, ration­ali­zation, projec­tion, repres­sion, displa­cem­ents, regres­sion, compen­sation, and sublim­ation
5 stages of greif: denial and isolation, anger, bargai­ning, depres­sion, and acceptance
80% people who get help for depres­sion, have higher quality for life
types: major depresion, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, adjust disorder with depressed mood
symptoms are empty and sleepiness (letha­rgic)
life events can lead to depression
teens commit to escape from situat­ions, their impulsive, or overwh­elmed
Warning signs: talking bout suicide, pulling away from family, giving personal items away


eustress: good stress
distress: bad stress
acute stress: most common; body's immediate response to new challenge
chronic stress: if acute stress doesn't go away chronic stress occurs
General adaptation syndrome is nonspe­cific (whole body is affected)
muscle tension, headache, increase heart rate are symptoms
stress is a major cause hypert­ension
healthy techniques for stress is refocusing and re channeling
stages of stress are alarm, resist­ance, and exhaustion
Stage 1) alarm: sympat­hetic nervous system activated during this stage to help body meet demands
stage 2) resist­ance: enters when person manage stress healthy
stage 3) exhaus­tion: someone who is under stress for long periods of time


Hierarchy Needs
physio­logical needs: needs to satisfy hunger, thirst, sleep, and to have shelter
safety needs: need to belong, love, be love, be safe, secure and out of danger
achiev­ement needs: need to achieve/ be good
aesthetic need: needs to know, explore, and understand
Self actual­iza­tion: self fulfilled, indepe­ndent, and creative
Mental health: a person’s condition with regard to their psycho­logical and emotional well-b­eing.
Decision making process: 1) state problem 2) list possible choices 3) consider conseq­uences and your values 4) make decision and action it 5)evaluate your decision
being assertive means someone is bold, confident, has no doubt, and does not question what others think about them