Psych Disorders - Whats Abnormal? Lots of things affect...

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What’s Abnormal? Lots of things affect behavior. Environmental factors Culture A behavior MUST meet certain criteria before it’s abnormal FUNDEMENTALLY – your brain is not reacting normally to stimuli
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Characteristics of Abnormal Behavior Deviance: Statistical Behavior must be infrequent within a population. Needs to be more than just infrequent **KNOW STATISTICS FOR FINAL!!**
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Characteristics of Abnormal Behavior Deviance: Cultural Behavior does not match cultural norms Vary from culture to culture
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Characteristics of Abnormal Behavior Emotional Distress This is what leads people to seek help But still not the whole picture. ..
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Characteristics of Abnormal Behavior Dysfunction Impairment in functioning: Cognitive Emotional Behavioral functioning
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Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal Behavior Case #1 Tom is uncomfortable riding escalators. As a result, Tom avoids using any escalator. ------------------------------------------------------ List the top four questions you would want to know about the case to evaluate the behavior
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Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal Behavior Case #2 Rachel has been caught urinating in the corner of her bedroom. Is her behavior abnormal? ------------------------------------------------------ List the top four questions you would want to know about the case to evaluate the behavior
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Medical Model Psych disorders – Disease/illness of the brain Can be treated/cured Classified in terms of symptoms Includes tendency to pursue: New drug treatments Diagnosis and classification Study of biological brain pathology itself.
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Abnormality As a Disease Is the Medical Model the Appropriate Way Causes of mental illness often unclear Perhaps psychological problems are just failures to adjust Unlike physical illness of symptoms in important in defining psychological problems
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Insanity Under the Law Different Criteria for Recognizing What’s Abnormal Competency to Stand Trial Defendant cannot be put on trial if they are unaware of why they are being tried.
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Insanity Under the Law Different Criteria for Recognizing What’s Abnormal Legally Insanity is the Inability to: Understand certain actions are wrong at time of a crime Have control over your actions
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Insanity Under the Law Insanity Defense: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) Temporary Insanity Guilty but Insane (GBI)
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Insanity Under the Law Public Perception: Insanity defense is common Only used in < 1% of criminal felony cases Cases are most often unsuccessful
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The Problem of Labeling Diagnostic Labeling Effects Labels can become self-fulfilling prophecies Attaches stigma to a person that is difficult to overcome
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The Problem of Labeling The Rosenhan Study (1973) Participants arrived at hospital faking auditory After admission, participants behaved normally
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course PSY 120 taught by Professor Donnely during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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