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Unformatted text preview: Course Overview and Introduction Introduction Dr. Nolan Zane What Is Abnormal Psychology? What Scientific study aimed at describing, Scientific explaining, predicting, and treating strange or unusual behavior Uses psychodiagnosis: Attempts to Uses describe, assess, and systematically draw inferences about psychological disorders inferences Therapy: Systematic intervention aimed at Therapy: modifying client’s behavioral, emotional, and/or cognitive state and/or Mental Health Professions Mental How Common Are Mental Disorders? Disorders? Prevalence: Percentage of people in a population with a disorder at a given time population Lifetime prevalence: Total proportion of people in a population who have ever had a disorder disorder Incidence: Onset or occurrence of a disorder over a period of time disorder NIMH Study: 29-38% of sample had at NIMH least one disorder. least Schizophrenia affects 1% of Americans. Gender differences seen in different mental Gender disorders disorders Age differences in onset and prevalence of Age different disorders different Current Research Into the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders Disorders One-Year and Lifetime Prevalence of Disorders Prevalence Prevalence Rates by Group and by Disorder by One-month Prevalence Rates One-month Cost and Burden to Society Cost At least 30% of adult Americans and 20% of At American children suffer from mental illness. American Inadequate knowledge about causes, treatment, Inadequate and prevention and Major obstacle to progress is “stigma” Mental disorders account for more than 15% of Mental the overall burden of disease from all causes. the Mental illness/health must become part of public Mental policy. policy. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2010 for the course PSC 49640 taught by Professor Schleper during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.

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