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)

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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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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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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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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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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Experience of Depression

Video about experience of depression

This video is shot in the perspective of a fictional character who displays symptoms of major depressive disorder.

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Teen Depression

Video about teen depression

While depression can affect anyone at any time, more than a quasrter of a million youth (6.5% of people between 15 and 24 years of age) experience depression. This video explores the issues involved with teen depression.

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Depression: A Student's Perspective

Video about student's perspective on depression

This video educates students about depression in order to minimize the stigma that is associated with the medical condition.

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What Are Panic Attacks?

Video about panic attacks

This video presents an introduction to panic attacks and panic disorder — a condition where recurrent panic attacks are diagnosed.

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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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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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Your Brain on Social Anxiety Disorder

Video about social anxiety disorder

This video explores the brain structures associated with social anxiety disorder and what they do.

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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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The Adventures of Little Blue Riding Hood: Fight or Flight Response

Video about fight or flight response

This video provides information about the fight-or-flight response mechanism that is activated in humans when faced with a perceived threat.

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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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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Video about post-traumatic stress disorder

This video provides a brief overview causes, symptoms, prevalence, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Video about ICU issues and preograms

This video explores the symptoms of patients after staying in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and the innovative preventative programs designed to combat itsa negative effects.

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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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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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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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