McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Mental Health | Wellness | Psychiatry

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Can Optimism Improve Physical Health?

Video about optimism and physical health

This video discusses how optimism can improve physical health, how research studies define optimism, what are the physical effects of optimism and what mechanisms are behind the relationship.

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Tingling sensations: Spidey Senses or ASMR?

Video about ASMR

This video explains the science behind Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and summarizes studies that depict brain pathways during ASMR.

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An Introduction to Music Therapy

Video about music therapy

This video explains music therapy in an interview with Rachael Finnerty — a music therapist who is accredited in Canada.

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Anxiety Disorders | Fear Response

Video about anxiety disorders and fear response

These videos explore the fear response and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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The Forbidden Fruit: Tide Pods

Video about ingesting laundry detergent

This video looks at medical complications that result from ingesting laundry detergent and focuses on pulmonary necrosis and inflammation.

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Six Reasons Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Video about laughter in medicine

This video lists reasons for why laughter is the best medicine, while it also acknowledges certain limitations.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) — Through My Eyes

Video about OCD personal account

Go through a typical day of a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This video is based on a personal account and demonstrates habits, behaviours and thoughts that a person with OCD may experience.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Video about OCD

This video discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) along with its prevalence, causes, symptoms and current treatments.

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Students Try Daily Mindfulness Meditation

Video about students trying mindfulness meditation

This video follows students as they explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation practices and how easily they can be incorporated into our daily lives.

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Mindfulness Meditation for University Students

Video about mindfulness meditation for university students

Mindfulness is essentially being aware of the things you wouldn’t normally notice on a day to day basis, like your breathing.

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Schizophrenia

Video about schizophrenia

This video explores schizophrenia, a complex biochemical brain disorder affects a person’s ability to determine what is reality and what is not.

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Does the Flu Cause Schizophrenia?

Video about schizophrenia and flu

This video investigates the newly observed correlation between prenatal influenza exposure and adult schizophrenia onset.

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Depression

Videos about depression

These videos provide information about depression, its symptoms, treatments and resources.

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Exercise and Mental Health

Video about exercise and mental health

This video examines the research and scientific information surrounding the benefits exercise can have on students' mental health.

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Welcome to EI Support: Emotional Intelligence

Video about emotional intelligence

This video looks at how emotional intelligence (EI) proves that it is possible to learn how to perceive not just your own emotions but also the emotions of others in a social settings.

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Wellness and Mental Health Services at McMaster University

Video about McMaster mental health services

This video describes the wellness and mental health services available on campus at McMaster University.

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Why do we get sick when stressed?

Video about stress and sickness

This video looks at the process of stress response, the symptoms associated with stress, how stress impacts our health, habits that influence stress levels and different resources available to better manage stress.

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Demystifying the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

Video about the DSM

The video introduces the roots of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and its goal of understanding and diagnosing mental illness.

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Chronic Mental Disorders

Video about chronic mental disorders

This video explains to a teenage audience three of the most chronic mental illnesses: anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder

Video about dissociative identity disorder

This video explores dissociative identity disorder, which is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person's behavior.

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Maroon Anatomy: Low Cholesterol Linked to Violence

Video about low cholesterol linked to violence

This video explores the relationship between occurrences of low cholesterol and episodes of violent activity.

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Mentally Unfit to Stand Trial

Video about being mentally unfit to stand trial

This video will take viewers through the process and explore the stigma associated with being mentally unfit to stand trial.

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What are the Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga?

Video about health benefits of yoga

This video describes how yoga may improve the health of individuals around the world.

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