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Unformatted text preview: Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context Chapter 1 Understanding Psychopathology What is a psychological disorder?- Abnormal behavior Abnormal behavior described Working definition- A psychological dysfunction associated with distress or impairment in functioning that is not typical or culturally expected. The diagnostic and statistical manual- 4 th edition text revision (DSM-IV-TR) Difficult to distinguish normal from abnormal Defining psychological disorders 1. Psychological dysfunction Breakdown in cognitive (not do good on one test doesnt thing it will at all), emotional (talking in groups), or behavioral (going out for a couple of drinks to relax drinking all the time) functioning 2. Personal distress Difficulty performing appropriate and expected roles (so lethargic and stuff that you cant get awake to go to work or school) Impaired functioning in one or more areas 3. Atypical or not culturally expected response (not getting out of bed every day) Reaction is outside cultural norms Each criterion separately is not sufficient to warrant diagnosis....
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