Ch. 14 Disorders - P sychologicalDisorders Whatisabnormal?

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   P sychological Disorders  What is abnormal?  Classification of disorders  Mood (affective) disorders   Anxiety disorders  Schizophrenia  Personality Disorders
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Early Explanations of Mental Illness In ancient times holes were cut  in an ill person’s head to let  out evil spirits in a process  called trepanning Hippocrates believed that  mental illness came from an  imbalance in the body’s four  humors. In the Middle Ages, the  mentally ill were labeled as  witches. Menu Early Explanations of Mental Illness
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It is statistically rare It is deviant from social norms It causes subjective discomfort It is maladaptive - compromises level of  function  B ehavior is “Abnormal” if:
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Biological Explanations of Mental Illness: Biological model  – model of explaining  behavior as caused by biological changes  in the chemical, structural, or genetic  systems of the body. This is also referred to as the “medical  model”. Menu
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Psychological Viewpoints: Psychoanalytic theorists - assume that  abnormal behavior stems from repressed  conflicts and urges that are fighting to  become conscious. Behaviorists - see abnormal behavior as 
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This note was uploaded on 07/05/2010 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Garner during the Fall '08 term at Tallahassee Community College.

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Ch. 14 Disorders - P sychologicalDisorders Whatisabnormal?

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