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Psychological Disorders Mental health workers label behavior psychologically disordered when it is atypical, disturbing, maladaptive, and unjustifiable. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) provides an authoritative classification scheme. Although diagnostic labels may facilitate communication and research, they can also bias our perception of people's past and present behavior and unfairly stigmatize these individuals. Those who suffer an anxiety disorder may for no reason feel uncontrollably tense (generalized anxiety disorder), may have a persistent irrational fear (phobia), or may be troubled by repetitive thoughts and actions (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Mood disorders include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Current research on depression is exploring (1) genetic and biochemical influences and (2) cyclic self-defeating beliefs, learned helplessness, negative attributions, and aversive experiences.
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Unformatted text preview: The symptoms of schizophrenia include disorganized thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions. Researchers have linked certain forms of schizophrenia to brain abnormalities. Studies also point to a genetic predisposition that may work in conjunction with environmental factors. Personality disorders are characterized by inflexible and enduring behavior patterns that impair social functioning. The most common is the remorseless and fearless antisocial personality. Under extreme stress, conscious awareness becomes separated from previous memories, thoughts, and feelings. Those afflicted with a dissociative disorder may even have two or more distinct personalities. Survey results indicate that 32 percent of U.S. adults have experienced a psychological disorder. Most show the first symptoms by early adulthood....
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