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Unformatted text preview: LECTURE 11 —Psychological Disorders PSYCHOPATHOLOGY We are all mad at sometime or another Battista Mantuanus, 1500 Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity? Herman Melville, 1924 Graham Greene “Writing is a form of therapy…sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.” Continuum Approach--Not Black and White………shade of grey--Suffering…...…2........3……4…...5….....6…....Thrive An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology **BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL model** BIO Brain dysfunction Neurotransmitters Hormonal imbalances Genetic Vulnerability Temperament PSYCHO Psychological Relationships Family Freud Post Freudian SOCIAL Culture Value **fine line between what is abnormal & what is a cultural norm Standard Tool for Psychologists ANXIETY DISORDERS **Difference between ‘Normal’ & ‘Abnormal’ anxiety Normal--Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time--Important to have low to moderate levels of anxiety for optimal performance--A little anxiety motivates you to “go the extra mile” The positive sides of panic, worry, & anxiety Evolution perspective —The fight-flight-freeze system (FFF) **Anxiety due to danger is adaptive **anxiety, worry = priming of FFF **panic=firing of FFF Existential perspective Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety (Robert Gerzon, 1997, NY: MacMillan) Tranquility—some people need complete tranquility to be anxiety-free; others can find tranquility in a world full of chaos **Anxiety is the shadow of intelligence (sadder or wiser??) **Some view anxiety as something that makes us mortal & what separates us from God— anxiety is an emblem for human spirituality Abnormal amount of anxiety **intense anxiety where there is no danger **Overwhelmed with anxiety is not adaptive Anxiety Disorders...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSY 120 taught by Professor Donnely during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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