Psychology 101 – Lecture notes on Chapter 15 (10:28:11)

Psychology 101 – Lecture notes on Chapter 15 (10:28:11)

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Psychology 101 – Lecture notes on Chapter 15 Clinical psychology (sexy psychology) o What is abnormal? The ways we define abnormal were written by old white dudes o Why do we use labels? So we can be treated with medications, therapy, etc Provides a rubric These are things that are “not okay o 3Ds Deviance o From what? From behaviors, thoughts, and emotions considered normal in a specific place and time by specific people From social norms Ratios are very important o In Tibetan culture, you’re considered blessed if you hear voices, not crazy o In meditation, you are meant to hear the “voices of the universe” o Can’t call something a disease just because they go against social norms o Context is very important o Judgements of deviance depend on specific circumstances (i.e. social context) Distress o According to many clinical guidelines, behavior must be personally distressing before it is labeled as abnormal o Harmful to yourself and others o Not always the case Exceptions? Divorced with reality
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Unformatted text preview: • Dysfunction/Maladaptive o Abnormal behavior tends to be dysfunctional - it interferes w/ daily life o Daily functioning Maintain hygiene Fulfill your role in society (school, career, etc) o Culture has an influence on determinations of dysfunction Determine what is appropriate/inappropriate • Danger (not always required) o Abnormal behavior may become dangerous to oneself or others Behavior may be careless, hostile, or confused o Not a common feature • Mood disorders o Worldwide lifetime prevalence 7% at any time 5% mild forms Depression can come and go o Sex differences Females are twice as likely to have major depression • Similar for males and females • Gender imbalance ends around age 65 Bipolar disorder is generally the same with men and women Fundamentally similar in children and adults Prevalence across subcultures seems to be similar when it comes to depression...
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Seibert during the Fall '08 term at Boise State.

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Psychology 101 – Lecture notes on Chapter 15 (10:28:11)

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