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Unformatted text preview: General tips Know the key terms (use book notes) Know names only if there is clearly one person that is important to a particular model or idea Dont get bogged down in memorizing every structure in the brain (i.e., pages 42- 43), or every word of the diagnostic criteria, or names of every specific drug (but you may want to know classes and drugs used to treat depression and bipolar disorder) Usually, test questions come from the body of the chapter and not the inset boxes or case studies. These are the pages that I think have important exceptions to this general rule (i.e., you should know the information!): 37, 75, 103 Study the tables in the text Table 1-1 Figure 1-1 Table 2-1, 2-2, 2-4 Figure 2-1, 2-2 Table 3-1, 3-4 Table 4-2 (You need to know what goes on what Axis!) Table 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, 5-8 (but dont necessary memorize each symptom) Study information like prevalence, comorbidity, gender differences, heritability BUT the test will not require you to know exact numbers More likely: knowing which disorders are highly heritable, which disorders commonly co-occur, which disorders are more prevalent than others Check out the study guides/practice questions at: www.prenhall.com/oltmanns Chapter 1 Different definitions of abnormal Personal distress (ppl like sadists exempt), leads to Statistical rarity (problem: 1/20 women experience a mood disorder, so its not so rare), maladaptiveness (proposed by Wakefield), behavior is considered this if it distresses the person, causes them pain, difficulty in functioning, loss of freedom DSM definition of mental disorder 1. present distress (painful symptoms), or 2. disability (impairment in one or more important areas of functioning) or with 3. a significantly increased risk of suffering important areas of functioning) or with 3....
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course PSYC 381 taught by Professor Peterson during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
- Spring '07
- Abnormal Psychology