Lecture17DisordersandTreatment

Lecture17DisordersandTreatment - The Problem Lecture 17:...

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Lecture 17: Psychological Disorders and their Treatment General Psychology March 9, 2010 The Problem Outline for Psychological Disorders • Definition • Causation • Diagnosis • Treatments • Disorders Definition • What is “ abnormal ”?
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Deviance –Rare Bad –How rare is rare? –Violation of social norms Distress –Not all suffering is caused by psychopathology –Not all psychopathologies cause personal suffering Dysfunction • Interference with ________________ –Personal –Social –Occupational Danger • To self • To others
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Psychopathology • Patterns of thought, emotion and behavior that result in personal distress or a significant impairment in a person’s social and occupational functioning. Note: “insane” is a legal term not a psychological term ________________ Model (pg. 350) • Mental disorders caused by a combination of interacting factors –__________ Factors • Genetics, Brain chemistry, Brain anatomy –______________ Processes • Early childhood, Learning, Expectations, Schemas –______________ Context • Gender, age, marital status, economic situation • Culture But… • The same experience may cause disorders in some people but not others. –Why? Stressors Trauma Divorce Poverty Illness Disorder Stressors School Job Family Adaptation Diathesis-Stress Model Diatheses Stressors Outcome
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Example: Grief or Depression • Study of widows following husband’s death 18 months later: • ______ doing well – Improved by month 3 • Remaining ________ – Treated for major depression – 75% improved in 6 weeks Where are we going? • Definitions • Causation Diagnosis • Treatments • Disorders Problem for Classification: Comorbidity of Disorders Treatment Outline • Psychodynamic approach • Behavioral approaches • Cognitive approaches • Biological treatments
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What is psychotherapy? • It is not just one type of therapy – 500+ types! – But separate from biological treatments • It can be practiced by just about anyone – Paraprofessionals • “A psychological intervention designed to help people resolve emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems and improve the quality of their lives”—pg. 490 Psychodynamic therapies • Freudian therapies and those directly influenced by Freud’s techniques Freud’s _____________
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