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Phase 4 Individual Project 1 Running Head: PHASE 4 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS Phase 4 Individual Project: Psychological Disorders Chris Normand Colorado Technical University Psychology 105-06 Prof. Tracy Barrand May 7, 2010
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Phase 4 Individual Project 2 Abstract It is the purpose of this paper to identify, define, and discuss abnormal social behavior that has escalated into a psychological disorder as defined by the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4 th edition). I will choose alcohol and substance use and abuse as my psychological disorder and discuss how psychology defines it as abnormal behavior and psychological disorder. I will also discuss how society influences behavior and how behavior influences attitudes. I will explain possible causes of the disorder and treatment options.
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Phase 4 Individual Project 3 Phase 4 Individual Project: Psychological Disorders Let us begin our discussion by establishing some definitions concerning psychological disorders and abnormal behavior. According to Psychological Disorders (My Unique Student Experience), (2010), a person is said to have a psychological disorder when that person’s thoughts, actions, and behavior cause him/her to have dysfunctional reactions, responses, and relationships in society. Furthermore, it is when the thoughts, actions, and behaviors of a person are viewed as being very different from “normal.” The question then is, “What is Normal?” Normal is defined by psychologists as the actions, thoughts, and/or behaviors the majority of people, in a certain group, have in common. Therefore, if a person is acting substantially different from the larger group, that person is said to be acting abnormally (Psychological Disorders, 2010). Society controls the way we behave. Schueler (1997) gives us a few examples of how. Traditions, laws, professional ethics and licensure, morals, media, and education, just to name a few. Children are taught from an early age how to act within a family unit. Moreover, they are taught how not to act, or what is unacceptable behavior within the family. Though they differ slightly from culture to culture, most family units teach their children table manners (acceptable behavior while sitting at a table eating food with other people present). Traditions, especially those created by the family, are said to give
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