psych ch.17 - Chapter 17 Abnormal Psychology Abnormal...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Chapter 17 Abnormal Psychology Abnormal Behavior is not the same as a Psychological Disorder . Abnormal behavior is defined by culture. . Psychological disorders are defined by psychologists and psychiatrists (West) -Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders The Medical versus the Psychological Model Medical model . Disordered thoughts and behavior are the result of a diseased or otherwise malfunctioning brain Psychological model . An individual's past and present life experiences cause and maintain a psychological disorder Perhaps the two are compatible in that “experience in environment” causes brain changes Historical: Organic vs. Functional Disorders Organic mental disorders . Mental disorders that are caused by brain dysfunction Functional mental disorders . The brain appears to be normal The problem . With a better understanding of the brain and its functioning, all disorders may be understood The Need for Standardization of Diagnostic Terms Psychiatrists and psychologists created the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1960s) . Revised version DSM-IV published in 1994
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSYC 2010 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.

Page1 / 3

psych ch.17 - Chapter 17 Abnormal Psychology Abnormal...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online