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Unformatted text preview: Abnormal Psychology 11/11/10 Psychotic Disorders While some theories disagree that psychotic disorders even exist others have very complex and concrete definitions, much disagreement in definitions- main features that do have consistency o Language disturbance o Level of functioning quite disturbed, lower quality of life than any other - Aretaeus of Cappadocia o Made a distinction - 1856 Morel o introduced latin diagnosis demence pracos (premature detioration dementia way before its time) congenital, early defect o contrasted that with dementia praecox patients who had normal functioning for at least 15 years then comes either an acquired, permanent or acquired reversible defect with deterioration of two things: personality and information processing functioning- 1896 o Kraeplin, Emil Observing many similar symptoms similar course similar onset With time, disorder tended to become dementia like state very young Might be some hidden underlying process even if symptoms varied Focused on course and onset descriptive approach, suggested that it must have same underlying cause Dementia praecox In this group of patients carrying lots of different labels ,saw similar symptoms that further reinforced the idea that the belonged to one group o Delusions-false beliefs, things that cant be true growing my fathers beard o Hallucination sensory experience without sensory stimulation o Attention deficits: they try to pay attention but before you know it, theyve lost it, cant maintain attention o Bizarre or odd motor behavior, way patients use extremities is bizarre Thought anyone showing these symptoms should be labeled the same...
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- Spring '10
- Abnormal Psychology