Round 1 Research: Comparisons Between Mental Health in First vs. Third World Countries

In this round of research I will be looking into what the definition of PTSD, anxiety, and depression is. By doing this I will gain a better understanding of what can trigger each disorder which will help me in later research.

According to the webster's dictionary, "an anxiety disorder marked by chronic excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to control, causes distress or impairment in daily functioning, and is accompanied by three or more associated symptoms (such as restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, and sleep disturbances)" (1) This means that by over analyzing or worrying about past, present, or future events can take a great toll on not only your mental, but physical health and well being. Although anxiety can be found among all people and can be beneficial, an anxiety disorder is where there is and excessive and unnecessary amount of fear or nervousness. (2)

"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it." PTSD can affect people for months, years, and even their entire life. PTSD occurs when someone has gone through a traumatic event in their life and is having trouble coping with what happened. (3) Typically these events include "death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence." (4)

"A state of feeling sad...a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies." (5) Depression can alter ones not only mood but physical well being. Typically when going through a state of depression there'a loss in interest in activities that used to be enjoyable. This can also affect how someone functions at home and work. (6) There are many reason for someone to be affected by depression some of which are, hormones, trauma, death, and quitting treatment. (7)

By knowing some very simple definitions of each disease I can move forward in my research and have a better understanding of why the the information I will read says what it says. With this basic knowledge I can better process the information and know some reasoning behind the text.








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Hey Alanna,

What you're doing, comparing mental health in first and third world countries, is pretty great! Societies will look at them differently, thus the environmental factors and the treatments of mental illnesses will vary. I would love to see exact reasons why someone could be affected by depression such as hormone imbalances and how they can affect people differently.

Great work!
Erica Won.


This is fascinating!!! I'm so so excited to see where this project takes you and what you find! It's definitely true that mental health is seen and dealt with differently depending on the culture. I think it's really important to bring attention to mental health whenever we can. I look forward to see what you post!!

Hey Alanna, 

I like your topic choice, you have some interesting dynamics to your topic. I enjoyed reading your first round of research as it was a great introduction to your topic! When you're looking more into your topic it may be interesting to look at what factors (like environmental) are different and similar between developed and developing countries.  Also, different or similar ways they treat mental health as well and you can also compare ages as well. 

Good luck

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