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4-21-08 Psych127 Lecture 7

4-21-08 Psych127 Lecture 7 - Psychology 127 Abnormal...

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Psychology 127 Abnormal Psychology April 21, 2008 Lecture 7 We have been talking about how psychological disorders are from natural problems and such,  yet there are different ways that can assist in the development of illness Factors that Influence Development of illness o Inheritance, faulty coping strategies, social alienation and lack of social support o Social support: loving relationship, interactions, strong and positive feelings, both give  and get in time of need, … o Good social support (connectedness) – have less illnesses and cope with illnesses  better, cope with stresses better, In the long run: live longer, … o Supportive husbands in delivery rooms  women need less drugs for delivery  Psychological vulnerability:  o Can develop early (negative attitudes) Positive: Stress and Cancer Negative: stress, psychological disorder (depression…), and Cancer Temperament – becomes important during a time of stress (how you cope) o Optimistic bias: (positive illusions)  Your attitude makes a big difference o Faulty ____ Type A: always rushed, multitasking, can’t vacation without blackberry, always  doing something Type B: don’t worry about it because they got it covered, … Stress and physical illness o Less stress More stress o Predictable unpredictable o Controllable uncontrollable o Familiar unfamiliar o Anticipated unanticipated General Adaption Syndrome: Alarm o Stress: wellbeing of the person is in danger (dangerousness that sets off an alarm) Stress may be different for different people (body just trying to get to normality
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Ex. Too cold, too hot (anxious: sweat) Phase 1 The Alarm Reaction Phase 2 Resistance (fight back and ready itself – take flight from this stress or decide where to send these emergency hormones- flee or strengthen) Phase 3 Exhaustion (if you don’t get rid of stress, you get an illness.) ANS activated by stress Ulcers form or organism adapts to stress Organism dies or suffers irreversible damage Most Stressful life events (most stressful to less stressful (on slide) o 1. Death of spouse o 2. Divorce o 3. Marital separation o 4. Jail term o 5. Death of close family member o 6. Personal injury or illness … Lack of control is important, but behavioral habits also contribute (risky behaviors – ex.
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