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Disorders April 13, 2011 Thud experiment- psychiatrics in America are not really elite – undermine the ability of phychologist Psychopathology- the study of mental disorders, or a term for the mental disorder itself Looking at disorders you look at ppl and the behavior they exhibit- where do you identify where behavior is abnormal or harmful? Psychological disorders—mental health workers view psychological disorders as persistently harmful thoughts, feelings, and action When behavior is deviant, distressful, and dysfunctional psychiatrists and psychologists label it as disorder Need to take into account the context of the behavior- some disorders are found in certain locations- going nude in public (abnormal in America and not in other countries) However other diseases such as depression are prevalent throughout different cultures There are 450 million people suffering from psychological disorders Etiology: causation and development of the disorder Have an individual that presents the symptoms how do you interpret that- different aspects of the causes affects how you treat them – ex depression is it a neural transmitter problem and just need anti depressants – Ancient treatments include trephination, exorcism, being caged like animals, beaten, burned, castrated, mutilates, and transfused with animal’s blood o Humane and respectful treatment is very important now o There is a stigma connected with disorders- which prevents people from seeking treatment in the first place o Philippe Pinel (1745-1826) from France, insisted that madness was not due to demonic possession but an ailment of the mind Views of Mental Disorders o Somatogenic hypothesis- disorders are the result of a specific injury and infection o Freud, in contrast, argued for the psychogenic hypothesis- mental disorders are rooted in psychological processes Modern Theories o Diathesus-stress model Diathesis creates predisposition Stress provides a trigger o Multicausal model Multiple factors give rise to both diathesis and stress
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course PYCHOLOGY 001 taught by Professor Colliney during the Spring '11 term at UPenn.

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