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SPC 204 Abnormal Psychology Lecture 1 - Abnormal Behaviour in Historical Context Ms Cheong Sau Kuan Department of Psychology, School of Health and Natural Sciences Sunway University College What is psychological disorder? A psychological dysfunction in the individual that is associated with distress or impairment in functioning and an atypical or culturally unacceptable respond . DSM-IV-TR is a prototype The Science of Psychopathology Psychopathology is the science study of psychological disorders. Scientist-Practitioner - Scientific approach to learning about the nature of psychological disorders; their causes and treatments. Important Terms o Presenting Problem – why they came to clinic o Clinical Description – what disorder do they have o Prevalence – how many people in the population have the disorder o Incidence – how many new cases in a given time period. o Course – Individual pattern of the patient’s disorder (unique to the patient) o
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