本文的主要內容是病患案例，六年前，我身邊的一個人不幸被診斷出患有躁鬱症。她的病和隨後的治療極大地影響了我們的關係。正是在這段時間裡，我第一次接觸到心理學和精神疾病研究領域。雖然當時我並不知道，但卡爾·羅傑斯(Carl Rogers)和亞伯拉罕·馬斯洛(Abraham Maslow)的人本主義和激勵理論尤其引起了我的興趣。本篇論文代寫文章由英國論文人EducationRen教育網整理，供大家參考閱讀。
Six years ago, a person close to my heart was sadly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her sickness and subsequent treatment greatly impacted our relationship. It was during this time when I was first exposed to the field of psychology and the study of mental illness. Though I did not know it at the time, ideas that particularly piqued my interest were the humanistic and motivational theories of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow.
What resonated with me was, instead, this notion that a fulfilled life resulted from the quest to maximize one’s unique individual potential. I remember feeling then—and still do—that personal change and growth can only come through self-exploration and empathy. Today I am a little more familiar the origins of these concepts and the architects behind them, and I am deeply curious to study them in a formal setting.
I remember the person in question had unrealistic dreams and seemed to have lost touch with reality. Her condition motivated me to help people with mental illnesses. While initially, it was challenging to work in a mental health setup. I saw patients all around with extreme signs and symptoms of mental illness. They were on their medication. Majority of them were in an extreme state of depression, and some of them had delusions and hallucination. A lot of patients showed negative symptoms. Gradually, I started working with the patients. Along with my supervisor, I conducted different forms of therapies with the patients. Seeing improvement in patients motivated me to help more and more people with mental illness. Contributing in this way gave me a sense of immense satisfaction, which consequently boosted my own confidence and sense of self-worth.
I had grown up in a homogenous and tightly-knit Chinese community, where I was exposed to high levels of socio-political thought control. I pursued my higher education in Swiss school wherein I realized that things that were “normal” in my country were not “normal” in this country. Multi-cultural education deeply impacted me and helped me grow as person. During my stay in Italy, I came across patients who had bipolar disorder.