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L3 Abnormal 1 - When is behavior abnormal? Is it...

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When is behavior abnormal? Is it statistically deviant, e.g. IQ scores? Does it violate societal moral standards, e.g transvestism and once homosexuality? Is the person likely to harm others or self, e.g. psychosis? Is the person unhappy, e.g. depression, anxiety?
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Classification of Mental Disorders Why classify? Advantages Should help in determining treatment. Health insurance requires it for remuneration. Disadvantages May mislead us in thinking these are discrete categories. Can become a self-fulfilling prophesy.
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Classification Systems Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) offered 1st system: mania, melancholia, phrenitis (brain fever). Islamic medical man Avicenna (circa 980- 1037) from Arabia added epilepsy and hysteria. After WWII the American Psychiatric Association introduced the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-I) in 1952. Today there have been several revisions and we are now on DSM-IV-TR.
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Has a behavioral basis rather than a
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2011 for the course PSY 200 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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