L1 - introduction.actual

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Abnormal Psychology Psyc 360 Ashley Borders, Ph.D.
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Today’s outline Course overview Introduction to abnormal psychology Introduction to the DSM
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What is abnormal psychology? The study of psychopathology “psyche” means mental “pathology” means illness
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Exercise Consider your group’s particular behavior: Does this behavior seem normal or abnormal? WHY? If it seems abnormal, is there a situation in which the same behavior could be considered normal?
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Standards for abnormality Unusual behavior Violation of norms Cultural relativism? Social control? Personal discomfort or distress Disability or dysfunction
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Textbook’s definition of abnormality: 3 D s D ysfunction - Does the behavior prevent normal daily functioning? D istress - Does the person suffer distress? D eviance - Is the behavior highly unusual?
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DSM-IV-TR’s definition of mental illness: “…behavioral, emotional, or cognitive dysfunctions that are unexpected in their cultural context and associated with personal distress or substantial impairment in functioning.”
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“A clear and complete insight into the nature of madness, a correct and distinct conception of what constitutes the difference between the sane and the insane has, as far as I know, not been found.” Let’s stay humble…
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