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What are the 5 main theories of psychology?

- Behaviourist
- Cognitive
- Humanistic
- Biopsychological
- Psychodynamic


What is personality?

- each persons unique, distinctive and consistent tendencies or enduring patterns of thinking and behaving, in different circumstances over time and across situations..


What are the key elements of the psychodynamic perspective?

- freud
- unconscious motivations
- developmental conflicts
- conflict between the ego (mediator, reality), id (devil, primitive + pleasure) and superego (angel, morality)


According to freuds theory and the psychodynamic perspective what are the most common defence mechanisms?

- repression
- regression
- denial
- displacement
- rationalisation


What is the key belief of the behaviourist approach?

- behaviour is influenced primarily by the environment, conditioning and reinforcement through consequences
- concepts of behaviour should be observable and measurable


What is the key belief of the cognitive perspective?

- that we cognitively appraise the world in terms of existing knowledge and learn through observation and vicarious reinforcement
- influenced by attention, memory, perception, thinking, problem solving, reasoning, concept attainment and language


What is the key belief of the humanistic perspective?

that people are unique, free, rational, self-determining and have the potential for personal growth


From the humanistic perspective, what is Maslow's hierarchy of needs?

- physiological
- safety
- love + belonging
- esteem
- self-actualisation


What was Carl Rogers theory of personality from the humanistic perspective?

- viewed personality in terms of self-concept, a persons thoughts and beliefs about themselves
- self-image, self-esteem and ideal self
- conflict arises when incongruence between experience and self-concept


What is the key belief of the biopsychological perspective?

that behaviour is largely shaped by physiological (structural, chemical, hormonal, pathological) and genetic factors


What is the definition of the perinatal period?

- from conception to through to the end of the first year after birth.


What kinds of mental health problems may occur in the perinatal period?

- baby blues
- major depression
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive compulsive disorders
- post traumatic stress disorder
- eating disorders
- bipolar
- postpartum psychosis
- schizophrenia


What factors may make women more vulnerable to developing mental health problems in the perinatal period?

- family or personal history of mental illness
- young age
- poor support
- history of prior miscarriage or stillbirth
- unwanted pregnancy


What are some of the challenges of developing a mental illness in the perinatal period?

- relationship with partner
- mother-infant attachment
- adaptation to being a parent
- impact on the infant inutero
- risk of adverse obstetric outcomes
- impact on infant development
- potential for mandatory reporting to child protection, court and custody considerations
- risk of harm to mother or infant


What are the baby (or postpartum) blues?

- commonly experienced with the onset of lactation around day 3-5 after birth
- transient, can last for hours to days


What is the name of the australian and state government initiative to improve prevention, detection, and care for women experiencing perinatal depression?

the National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI)


What are the key components of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative?

- routine universal screening in antenatal and postnatal settings
- follow up support for care of women
- training of health professionals
- research
- clinical guidelines on perinatal mental health
- community awareness


What is the main tool used to assess for signs of depression and anxiety in the perinatal period?

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)


What kind of questions may you ask a woman to assess her psychological wellbeing?

- past and present mental health
- family history
- past/current physical, sexual or psychological abuse/violence
- drug/alcohol abuse by self or partner
- emotional/practical support
- recent life stressors such as financial strain, relationship problems, illness, pregnancy complications or loss, loss of someone close or moving house


What kinds of questions might you ask to assess a woman's past and present mental health?

- feeling down, depressed or hopeless
- feeling little interest or pleasure
- worrying so much it affects day-to-day life
- currently/previously receiving treatment for a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder or psychosis
- immediate family experiencing or receiving treatment for a mental health problem particularly significant depression, bipolar, psychoses, self-harm and/or suicide attempts, significant drug and alcohol use


What are the diagnostic signs and symptoms of perinatal depression?

occurring on most days in the last 2 weeks:
- low mood
- irritability
- tearfulness
- feelings of hopelessness
- lack of interest
- weight or appetite changes
- sleeping problems
- fatigue
- feelings of worthlessness/guilt
- difficulties concentrating
- thoughts of death or suicide
- agitation
some symptoms may overlap with normal changes associated with motherhood


What are some examples of anxiety disorders in the perinatal period?

- generalised anxiety disorder
- phobias
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- panic disorders
- agoraphobia
- post traumatic stress disorder


What are the diagnostic signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety?

- anxiety and worry
- restlessness
- easily fatigued
- difficulty concentrating
- irritability
- muscle tension
- sleep disturbance


What are the diagnostic signs and symptoms of panic disorder?

panic attacks:
- pounding heart
- trembling or numbness
- shortness of breath
- chills or hot flushes
- dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
- fear of losing control
- fear of dying
- agoraphobia


What are the signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder?

- persistent repetitive thoughts, dreams or flashbacks associated with intense distress
- avoidance of thoughts, feelings and situations associated with the traumatic even
- feelings of detachment
- restricted range of affect
- hyper vigilance
- sleeping difficulties
- irritability
- anger
- difficulty concentrating
- easily triggered
for at least a month


What are the major risk factors for developing depression and anxiety in the perinatal period?

- past history of depression/anxiety
- antenatal depression/anxiety
- lack of support from partner or relationship problems
- family history of depression or other mental health problems
- lack of practical, financial, social, emotional support
- major life stressors (death, relationship breakdown, unemployment, moving house, miscarriage, illness)


What is puerperal psychosis?

- a psychotic episode that arises following childbirth
- a psychiatric emergency
- risk of harming themselves or their baby
- requires hospitalisation for treatment
- may be associated with underlying bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or may occur only in the context of childbirth


When does puerperal psychosis usually manifest?

- within the first month after birth


What are the diagnostic signs and symptoms of puerperal psychosis?

- delusional beliefs
- disorganised thinking/confusion
- mood lability or elevated/depressed mood
- irritability
- hallucinations (false sensory perceptions)


What is Bipolar disorder?

a set of conditions characterised by extreme mood swings that can include mania, hypomania, depression and psychotic experiences that interfere with day-to-day life