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CH 1: EXAMPLES AND DEFINITIONS OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR psychopathology – symptoms and signs of mental disorders “Pathology of the mind” abnormal psychology – the application of psychological science to the study of mental disorders pyschosis – several types of severe mental disorders in which the person is considered to be out of contact with reality (schizophrenia) The line dividing “normal” from “abnormal” behavior is not always clear Mental disorders are defined by a set of characteristics. 1 symptom isn’t enough to diagnose. Syndrome – group of symptoms that appear together and are assumed to represent a specific type of disorder Why define, classify, diagnose? Educational purposes Research purposes Clinical purposes 1 st attempt at classifying mental disorders was driven by the need to collect statistical information. Gradually, shifted towards clinical purposes. personal stress – subjective discomfort symptoms cause individuals statistical norms – how common or rare it is in the general population harmful dysfuntion – inability of internal mechanism to perform its natural function,
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course PSY 242 taught by Professor Messman-moore&walker during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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