Lecture Notes Abnormal Psych 1&2

Lecture Notes Abnormal Psych 1&2 - Lecture 1 Abnormal...

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Lecture 1 Abnormal behavior is a relative term Means ‘different’ normal Medical perspective A disease therefore medication is often prescribed Tends to over emphasize the role of biological cause Can be genetic like bipolar disease Psychological disorders with multiple interacting causes Biological, emotional, cognitive, social, familial Defining abnormal Distress Impairment – disability (interference with personal goals, health) Maladaptive – dangerous: can harm well-being of self or others, reflects poor adaptation to life context Eating disorders, adapting to the ideal beauty and such Depression Deviation from cultural norms Speaking with ones dead relatives Homosexuality is still seen as abnormal Statistical rarity Norm=statistical means Statistical definition of abnormality = 2 standard deviations above or below the mean No one mental disorder has a single cause:
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multiple causes (diff. reasons) & multiple pathways (diff. ways of getting there) general types of cuases biological: biological deficit (brain, genetics, etc)
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSY-P 102 taught by Professor Finn during the Spring '08 term at Indiana.

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