Understanding mental health and mental illnesses can be tricky when these subjects are surrounded by stigma. This course will bring some awareness to the history of mental health around the world with a focus on the US. We will discuss the viewpoints by society on mental health over time as well as the responses to mental illnesses by looking at treatments and how they have changed. We will go over institutionalization and the history of the psychiatric hospital. We will wrap up the course by shedding light on important questions regarding the stigma of mental health and how it can be eliminated.
Hello, and welcome! My name is Negeen, and I can’t wait to be your instructor! I’m Iranian-American and originally from Montana, but moved to Dubai in high school. I received my BA degree in anthropology from UC Berkeley, then started medical school in Cyprus. I transferred back to the States where I am completing my medical studies as an aspiring psychiatrist. As you can see, I have been privileged to travel a lot, and my journeys have shaped my interests. The English language and English literature have always been passions of mine. Throughout my academic career, I have gained a lot of experience as an English and ESL tutor for students of all ages. I believe students learn most effectively when they realize they can utilize the skills they are taught in their own lives, which usually comes from an enjoyable and creative learning experience. It is my goal to provide that for you!