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RU Chapt 15 for students - Chapter 15 Abnormality Therapy...

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Chapter 15 Abnormality, Therapy, and Social Issues
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Abnormality, Therapy and Social Issues On the surface it would appear that there is normal and abnormal behavior, and the __________________ between normal and “weird” is clear to everyone. Most of us feel sad, anxious, or angry occasionally. Our moods ____________ , we have or develop bad habits, and we have “funny” beliefs. Mental health diagnoses are reserved for people with problems that seriously interfere with their lives. Defining Abnormal Behavior There is probably no definition of “ ______________ ” that can’t be questioned. If we use the standard of “subjective feelings of distress” then anyone who thinks they have a problem automatically qualifies. – If someone behaves in ________________ and dangerous ways, but insists that they are fine, many people who are in fact suffering from mental illness could not be diagnosed and _____________ .
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Defining Abnormal Behavior If we say that behavior that could _________ in suffering or death is a sign of mental illness, then heroic deeds would be a bona fide _______________ . If we say that behavior that is very different from the usual is a sign of a psychological _____________ , then very depressed people would be diagnosed, but so would very happy people.
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Cultural influences on abnormality – Culture-specific disorders are found everywhere and in every era. Demonic possession has been a common __________________ for thousands of years, where you are possessed by the demons. Running amok (running wild) consists of episodes of indiscriminant _______________ behavior in young Southeast Asian men. – An American example: Multiple Personality Disorder • The “split personality” syndrome, this is now referred to as dissociative identity disorder . There is alternation between two or more personalities. • Each has its own disposition, behavior, and name, as if each were a ___________________ person. This was a very rare disorder until the 1950’s, when a few cases received widespread publicity. It’s a disorder in which a person  _____________  two  or more distinct and  alternating  personalities, formerly called multiple  personality disorder.
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The biopsychosocial model The predominant view in Western culture today uses the biopsychosocial model to understand mental ______________ . Biological roots - include genetic factors, injury, disease processes that result in abnormal brain development, damage, imbalances of neurotransmitters and hormones, all of which can result in abnormal ______________ . Psychological roots
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 830:101 taught by Professor Garybrill during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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RU Chapt 15 for students - Chapter 15 Abnormality Therapy...

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