Disorders Disc - DISORDERS AND TREATMENT Psych 111: Week 12...

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Unformatted text preview: DISORDERS AND TREATMENT Psych 111: Week 12 What is normal? Rosenhan (1973). On being sane in insane places Behavior lies on a continuum from normal to abnormal Criteria for evaluating behavior Context Persistence Social deviance Subjective distress Psychological handicap (difficulty being satisfied with life) Effect on functioning Rosenhan cont. Method 8 participants acted as pseudopatients at 12 psych hospitals Results/Discussion All but one given schizophrenia diagnosis; stayed for avg. 19 days stickiness of the diagnostic label All behavior perceived as stemming from diagnosis Stigma Self-fulfilling prophesy Where do disorders come from? No single cause need integrated perspective biological factors psychological factors environmental factors Diathesis-stress model a diathesis (predisposition) can be inherited stressful conditions needed to trigger No single cause no single cure Diagnosis of mental disorders Why do we diagnose? Medical model: Suggests prognosis and treatment. Shorthand for easy communication DSM-IV TR Diagnostic and statistical manual of the APA (American Psychological Association) Anxiety disorders Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) Persistent worry despite lack of dangers; 5% prevalence...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2009 for the course BIO 225 taught by Professor Pavgi during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Disorders Disc - DISORDERS AND TREATMENT Psych 111: Week 12...

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