Module 40 - Module 40 OUTLOOK ON PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS...

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Module 40 OUTLOOK ON PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS Three questions must be asked o When are thoughts, feelings, and behaviors defined as disordered? When does a person cross the invisible line between health and illness, psychology and psychopathology, normal and abnormal? o What biological and environmental factors put our psychological well- being at risk? o How can different problems be distinguished for the sake of treating those in need of assistance? Defining normal and abnormal A frequently cited definition of psychological disorders is provided by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) o Must satisfy three conditions The person experiences significant pain or distress, an inability to work or play, an increased risk of death, or a loss of freedom in important areas of life The source of the problem resides within the person, due to biological factors, learned habits, or mental processes, and is not simply a normal response to specific life events such as the death of a loved one The problem is not a deliberate reaction to conditions such as
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