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Abnormal Psychology Notes, causes of abnormal behavior.docx

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Causes of Abnormal Behavior Psychosocial Factors of abnormal behavior Parental deprivation : may be physically intact, but parents may have "checked out" emotionally, psychologically, etc.. Does not have to be abject abandonment. disruptive family patterns: Unstable parents early psychological trauma : Can have lasting effects, create problems, but not always, depends on the resilience of the person themselves. poor interpersonal relationships: begin at formative ages, around middle school stress: a lot of people do not know when to slow down, and run themselves into walls or the time. They don't know how to acknowledge their weaknesses and vulnerabilities. ``Sometimes when people drive themselves too hard, people begin to lose sympathy for them and they problems that they cause for themselves. These people are their own worst enemy. other: competition, value conflicts, religious conflicts, etc. ** Being brought up in a home where you're not allowed to fail can be related to all of these in some way** Sociocultural Factors War: Places stresses on society that haven't otherwise been experienced in other eras of time, the majority of young people's lives have been lived while the US was at war. This brings about large numbers of psychological problems, even from those who are not directly involved. A very small population fights our wars now, and it relieves the broader population of our country from having to deal with it, but we are inflicting those that do the stresses and strains that create huge problems. Violence: all sorts of examples, being mugged, being sexually assaulted, not always large widespread violence. The SAE scandal is an example of violence as well. Unemployment: When people have their source of income and livelihoods taken away from them, it can be incredibly devastating. Diatheses-Stress Models Diatheses factors + Stress triggers = Disorder biological, social, psychological factors and triggers. accumulation of all of the diatheses added with just the right amount of stress can result in a disorder. A person's problem does not simply come from one thing. Summary
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Abnormal behavior has many origins and forms. We have to be aware of all of the important risk factors. We have to be aware of self-inflicted factors! Symptoms of Psychological Disorders Symptoms are commonly found in a variety of psychological disorders, even less severe disorders--but far more likely in severe disorders 1. Disturbances of Thought Process 2. Disturbances of Thought Content 3. Disturbances of Orientation 4. Disturbances of Affect Disturbances of Thought Process Neologisms: not a symptom, a sign of creativity. A situation where a person begins to just simply make up new words, sometimes used in great frequency. They are not doing it for cleverness or humor or intellectually exciting, they are doing it because they are experiencing a world that is drifting away from the world where we all live. A breakdown of communication. Relatively significant sign where internal processes are not
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