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AP7_Lecture_Ch15 - Comer, Abnormal Psychology , 7e Slides...

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Unformatted text preview: Comer, Abnormal Psychology , 7e Slides & Handouts by Karen Clay Rhines, Ph.D. Northampton Community College Treatments for Schizophrenia and Other Severe Mental Disorders Chapter 15 2 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e How Is Schizophrenia Treated? For much of human history, people with schizophrenia were considered beyond help and without hope Though schizophrenia is still extremely difficult to treat, the discovery of antipsychotic drugs has enabled people with the disorder to think clearly and profit from psychotherapies Each of the models offers treatments for schizophrenia, and all have been influential at one time or another 3 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Institutional Care in the Past For more than half of the 20 th century, people with schizophrenia were institutionalized in public mental hospitals Because patients failed to respond to traditional therapies, the primary goals of the hospitals were to restrain them and give them food, shelter, and clothing 4 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Institutional Care in the Past The move toward institutionalization began in 1793 with the practice of moral treatment Hospitals were created in isolated areas to protect patients from the stresses of daily life and to offer them a healthful psychological environment 5 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Institutional Care in the Past States throughout the U.S. were required by law to establish public mental institutions (state hospitals) for patients who could not afford private care Unfortunately, problems with overcrowding, understaffing, and poor patient outcomes led to loss of individual care and the creation of back wards human warehouses filled with hopelessness 6 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Institutional Care in the Past Many patients not only failed to improve under these conditions but developed additional symptoms, apparently as a result of the institutionalization itself The most common pattern of decline was called the social breakdown syndrome, which involved: Extreme withdrawal, anger, and physical aggressiveness Loss of interest in personal appearance and functioning 7 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Institutional Care Takes a Turn for the Better In the 1950s, clinicians developed two institutional approaches that brought some hope to chronic patients: Milieu therapy Based on humanistic principles Token economies Based on behavioral principles These approaches particularly helped improve the personal care and self-image of patients, problem areas that were worsened by institutionalization 8 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e...
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AP7_Lecture_Ch15 - Comer, Abnormal Psychology , 7e Slides...

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