Unformatted text preview: What Is a Psychological Disorder? Several criteria exist for defining a psychological disorder. Sometimes a person needs to meet only one criterion to be diagnosed as having a psychological disorder. In other cases, more than one of the following criteria may be met: • Violation of cultural standards behavior Example: Ted’s delusion that he is a prophet causes him to stand at street corners lecturing people about the morality of their behavior. • Exhibition of behavior harmful to self or others Example: Bethanne’s excessive use of alcohol makes her unable to hold down a job. • Experiencing distress Example: David suffers from chronic and painful anxiety. Model of Psychological Disorders Psychologists use different conceptual models for understanding, describing, and treating psychological disorders....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
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