Chapter 14A, Mental Illness

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Chapter 14 Mental Illness - Part A Theories and Treatment Approaches Classification System Anxiety Disorders
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Chapter 14 A - Preview The Nature of Psychological Disorders Diagnosis and Classification Etiology Anxiety Disorders
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3 CAUTION! “Medical student syndrome” Everyone experiences the symptoms of many of the disorders we will talk about Don’t freak out! Don’t diagnose everyone you know! Get help for yourself and loved ones if you think it is necessary
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Psychopathological functioning Involves disruptions in emotional, behavioral, or thought process that leads to personal distress or blocks the ability to achieve important goals Abnormal psychology Area of psychological investigation most directly concerned with understanding the nature of pathologies of mind, mood, and behavior The Nature of Psychological Disorders
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Distress or Disability Maladaptiveness Irrationality Unpredictability Unconventionality and Statistical Rarity Observer Discomfort Violation of Moral and Ideal Standards What is Abnormal?
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6 Thinking Critically about Mental Illness Is it actually mental illness? Thomas Szasz’s “Myth of Mental Illness” How reliable, accurate, is our system for diagnosis Can the mental health system be fooled?
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7 Rosenhahn’s “Pseudo Patient” study (1973) He and 7 psychologically healthy people admitted themselves to mental hospitals All said “I hear voices, unclear voices. I think they say ‘empty, hollow, thud’” Gave false names and occupations All other personal info was accurate After admittance, stopped faking their “symptoms” and tried to get released Results:
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Classifying Psychological Disorders Psychological diagnosis A label given to an abnormality by classifying and categorizing the observed behavior pattern into an approved diagnostic system A useful diagnostic system provides A common shorthand language An understanding of causality A treatment plan
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course PSYC 1001 taught by Professor Forss during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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