PSYC1101_Disorders_I

PSYC1101_Disorders_I - Classification and Diagnosis 7/19/10...

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Classification and Diagnosis 7/19/10 I. Psychopathology -The study of the origin, development, and manifestations of mental or behavioral disorders -Often referred to as abnormal psychology a. Ancient view i. Demonology 1. Historically, psychological disorders and abnormal behavior were viewed as demonic possessions ii. Many people suffering from mental disorders were tortured and killed b. The medical model i. Today, psychological disorders are viewed from the medical model 1. Abnormal behavior as a disease ii. Emphasis on: 1. Diagnosis 2. Etiology a. Factors that contribute to disorder development 3. Treatment II. Three questions to determine if behavior represents psychopathology a. Psychologists ask three questions to determine if behavior represents psychopathology: i. Does the behavior deviate from cultural/societal norms? ii. Is the behavior maladaptive? iii. Is the behavior causing the individual personal distress? b. There is no clear border between normal and abnormal behavior. Rather, there is a continuum between normality and abnormality c. Important Points: i. All three criteria do not have to be met to be considered abnormal
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Leader during the Spring '07 term at Georgia Tech.

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PSYC1101_Disorders_I - Classification and Diagnosis 7/19/10...

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