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Breaking News: New Mental Disorder Identified
The College of Mental Health Counseling presents an understanding of gang psychology, the London riots, aboriginal suicide and other mood disorders as possible effects of Postmodern Anomic Disorder* identified for the first time in this report.
Anomie or Postmodern Anomic Disorder* occurs when the individual experiences a loss of a sense of fundamental realities of existence within the social and cultural context, which may also be referred to as a postmodern crisis. This may coincide with an emotional and psychological detachment from physical community facilitated by technological involvement such as internet use.
In postmodern secular society, a social shift is occurring from traditional values and definitions of marriage, family, sexuality, God, and confident sources of truth such as religion. Scientists Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking and others are saying the universe and the human species developed by natural causes alone, without divine involvement.
Through the internet and public education, youth are exposed to these social shifts and the associated breakdown of traditional values and norms. The individual loses confidence in the reality of existential certainty or that intangible truth can be known.
The sense of loss of meaning and purpose may increase to the point of crisis and desperation resulting in violence to self or others. Gang and criminal behaviour, depression, and suicide are predictable outcomes of extreme anomie.
Examples of anomie can be seen in the London riots, aboriginal suicide, and depression and suicide of second-generation immigrants from East Indian cultures. Even Islamic suicide bombers and terrorism can be understood as a desperate effort to resist the changes of modernity, accompanied by the sense of anomie.
The effects of postmodern anomie and pain of Postmodern Anomic Disorder* may be far more widespread and pervasive in the general population, than recognized by the professional and scientific community. Based on understanding the disorder, assessment and treatment approaches can be identified and described.
This report is adapted from processes described in “Effective Counseling Skills: the practical wording of therapeutic statements and processes” by Daniel Keeran, MSW http://www.amazon.com/
Treatment of Postmodern Anomic Disorder*
Mental health practitioners and counselors are now faced with this growing challenge: how to help those suffering from anomie or Postmodern Anomic Disorder.*
The College of Mental Health Counseling at http://www.collegemhc.com suggests the following summary of steps:
1. Identify the presence of Postmodern Anomic Disorder* by asking, “What are your spiritual views and beliefs and how have they changed since childhood?”
2. Then ask, “Do you feel more or less confident about your beliefs than you did when you were younger?”
3. Ask questions such as:
Do you think humans are special? Say more.
Do you think you are special? Say more.
Do you think life has purpose and meaning? Say more.
What is the meaning or purpose of your life?
What are your goals in life?
What do you believe about marriage?
What do you believe is true about right and wrong? Give an example of something that you think is definitely wrong.
Remember that the fundamental goal of treating Postmodern Anomic Disorder* is to help the individual develop an increased sense of certainty about fundamental intangible realities of life. As this confidence in existential certainty is increased or restored, the individual will feel more hopeful and less anxiety and depression.
An adjunct to treatment is connecting the individual to a group of others who share the same goal and who can support and strengthen the confidence in existential certainty replacing the sense of void, crisis, meaninglessness, and despair.
*Although anomic disorder has been identified in other contexts, this is the first use and identification in literature of the condition “Postmodern Anomic Disorder” as a social and cultural phenomenon and as a mental health issue or condition.
Watch this video on practical counseling skills from the College President http://www.youtube.com/
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