psychological_disorders

psychological_disorders - Psychological Disorders...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Psychological Disorders Definition *Psychological Disorder *a “harmful dysfunction” in which behavior is judged to be: *atypical--not enough in itself *disturbing--varies with time and culture *maladaptive--harmful *unjustifiable--sometimes there’s a good reason Medical Model *concept that diseases have physical causes *can be diagnosed, treated, and in most cases, cured *assumes that these “mental” illnesses can be diagnosed on the basis of their symptoms and cured through therapy, which may include treatment in a psychiatric hospital Bio-Psycho-Social Model *assumes that biological, sociocultural, and psychological factors combine and interact to produce psychological disorders Classifying Psychological Disorders *DSM-IV *American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) *a widely used system for classifying psychological disorders *presently distributed as DSM-IV-TR (text revision) Anxiety Disorders *distressing, persistent anxiety or maladaptive behaviors that reduce anxiety *Generalized Anxiety Disorder *person is tense, apprehensive, and in a state of autonomic nervous system arousal Anxiety Disorders *Panic Disorder *marked by a minutes-long episode of intense dread in which a person experiences terror and accompanying chest pain, choking, or other frightening sensation Anxiety Disorders *Phobia *persistent, irrational fear of a specific object or situation *Top ten phobias: *Snakes *Buried alive *Heights *Tied up *Drowning *Public speaking
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
*Hell *Cancer *Tornadoes and hurricanes *fire Anxiety Disorders *Top Five Male Fears: *Buried alive *Heights *Snakes *Drowning *Public speaking *Top Five Female Fears: *Snakes *Tied up *Buried alive *Heights
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/21/2010 for the course PSYCH 1A taught by Professor Kerrihogue during the Fall '10 term at Santa Rosa.

Page1 / 5

psychological_disorders - Psychological Disorders...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online