Lecture 15

Lecture 15 - Lecture 15 Abnormality, Therapy and Social...

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Lecture 15 Abnormality, Therapy and Social Issues Mental health diagnoses are reserved for people with problems that seriously interfere with their lives and the lives of others around them. On the surface it would appear that there is normal and abnormal behavior, and the distinction between normal and “weird” is clear to everyone. But when we go deeper into the issue of normal vs. abnormal, we start to see that behavior must be interpreted in context. Normal is a matter of place and time as well as mental state and action. Defining Abnormal Behavior Culture-specific disorders are found everywhere and in every area. Demonic possession = been a common diagnosis for thousands of years. Brain fag syndrome = a frequent complaint of West African students. Running amok = episodes of indiscriminant violent behavior in young Southeast Asian men. An American example: Multiple Personality Disorder The “split personality” syndrome, this is now referred to as dissociative identity
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2008 for the course PSYCH 10 taught by Professor Zaidel during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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Lecture 15 - Lecture 15 Abnormality, Therapy and Social...

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