February 25, 2022 Comment off


“Lurking” is an information technology term referring to passively observing others’ electronic comments. Your assignment will be to search out and observe specific blogs and postings by persons who have mental health-related diagnoses (you will choose ONE category of disorders to follow – i.e. depression, OCD, Schizophrenia, etc). You will follow their comments and postings over the course of the semester, learning about their specific disorders (i.e. mood, anxiety, psychotic, substance abuse, personality disorders, etc) and how those disorders affect their emotions, relationships, academic/occupational performance, etc. You will NOT identify yourselves to the people you observe, nor will you post your own comments to these sites. At the end of your observation period you will write a 10-12 page paper documenting what you learned about this particular disorder and the people who suffer from it. This is not a traditional research paper per se, but you will need to do some research concerning the nature of the disorder you are following and compare the symptoms described in the electronic posts to the diagnostic criteria and characteristics of the disorder as described by clinical and research sources. Sources of these personal accounts of struggles with mental health issues might include: Personal blogs about an individual’s mental health issues Discussion forums (designed to support people with particular disorders) Official advocacy sites/groups supporting particular disorders that provide caregivers’ perspective