Professor Molock- Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Social Psychology
The major research question being asked was if a person could truly believe his or
her own self-deception. The minor question, coexisting with the prior qu
Case Study 1
Conchita Morales is a 35-year-old woman working as a research chemist for a
pharmaceutical company. She emigrated from Puerto Rico in her early twenties. She has
Major depressive and dysthymia
Variations (melancholic, catatonic, SAD, atypical, psychotic, post partum)
Biological (genetic and biochemical causes)
Symptoms of unipolar:
Behavioral (psychomovement retardation, spend time alone in be
Writing Assignment #2
Background Information (20 points)_
Nancy is a middle aged white woman who was diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.
The major symptoms of bulimia nervosa are binge eating and then purging. Binge eati
Case #1: Abnormal Psychology
Conchita Morales was a 35-year old research chemist who held a good job with a small
pharmaceutical company. Despite her professional success and a comfortable income, Conchita
lived a rather quiet, narrow life. In part, this
STUDY GUIDE: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY EXAM #1: CHAPTERS 1- 4
Multiple Choice: There are 30 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each.
Definition of abnormality
Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders,
and Gender Dysphoria
Sexual Dysfunctions: Features and Epidemiology
Basic human drive
o Everyone desire sexual activity, and fantasize.
Cycle of wishing to have sex, becoming aroused during early stage of
Depressive and Bipolar Disorders and
Normal Mood Changes and Depression and Mania: What are they?
Sadness often prevents a person from functioning effectively at school or work.
o Trouble eating, sleeping, or concentrating; feel responsible for th
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic
Usual Emotions, Thoughts, and Behaviors and Psychotic Disorders: What
Psychotic disorders psychoses unsual emotional states or affect.
Flat affect lack of emotion even in situations that call for great
Abnormal Psychology and Life
Introduction to Abnormal Psych
Mental Disorder group of emotional feelings, cognitive thinking, or
behavioral symptoms that cause distress or problems.
Americans have mental disorders
Abnormal psych scientific study of proble
Somatic Symptom and Dissociative
Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders: A Historical Introduction
Somatic symptom disorders (SSD) and dissociative disorders (DID)
SSD involves physical symptoms with great distress and impairment.
Perspectives on Abnormal Psychology
Developed perspectives or models ways of looking at things- to piece
together why someone has problems.
Biological model genetics, neautrotransmitters, brain changes, physical
Developmental and Disruptive Behavior
Developmental disorders delay in normal maturity, especially with respect to
intellect, cognition, learning, and methods of self-care.
o Intellectual disability, autism, and learning disorders
Diagnosis, Assessment and
Study of Mental Disorders
Defining Abnormal Behavior and Mental
Mental health professionals define, classify, assess, and study mental
Dimensions and Categories
Mental health professionals focus on dimensio
Personality Traits, Unusual Personality, and Personality Disorder: What
Personality trait readiness to act in a certain way
o Openness active imagination and sensitivity
o Conscientiousness self-disciplined and achievement-
Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and
Worry, Anxiety, Fear, and Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Trauma
Related Disorders: What are they?
Worry largely cognitive or thinking concept that refers to concerns about possible
Normal Substance Use and Substance-Related Disorders: What are they?
Key drug alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, or a morphine
Usually no impairment in daily functioning and no substantial physical harm takes place
AN OVERVIEW OF
Scientific study of troublesome feelings,
thoughts, and behaviors associated with mental
Describe, explain, predict, treat, & prevent
behaviors that are considered abnormal.
and function of neurons
Common imaging techniques
-Scientific study of troublesome feelings, thoughts, and behaviors associated
with mental disorders
-Describe, explain, predict, treat & prevent behaviors that are
Mental health problems are no
*Types of observations and designs
*Steps in designing an experiment
Ethics and research
Abnormal Psychology by William J. Ray SAGE
ANXIETY DISORDERS AND
Anxiety, fear, worry
Types of anxiety disorders
Obsessive compulsive disorder
is OCD and how is it classified?
OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Historical Perspectives on
Annie: a 55 year-old woman is suddenly
unable to take care of her normal
responsibilities - she no longer cooks or
cleans. She talks to herself and seems
True experiment factors?
o Control and experimental group (variables)
o Randomly assigned
You can imply causation if you have the above 3
Validity measuring what you are supposed to be measured
Generalized reliability cannot generalize the w
o Home living
o Leisure what is appropriate
o Do you know how to take care of you when hurt
o Protect from the theft?
Has to begin before 18
Risk and Prevention of Mental
The Diathesis-Stress Model
Another model to explain mental disorder
o Integrates perspectives but also consistent with a continuum of
mental health and mental disorder.
Diathesis, Stress, and Mental Health
Substance Abuse Disorder
Category: Substance use
o taking more of a drug than planned
o wanting to cut down on substance but not being able to
o cravings/urges to use substance
o General population lifetime prevalence 16.7%
Case Study 1
To use the scientific method, Dr. E first needed a hypothesis that is both testable and
refutable, and is a statement about the cause of an event or the relationship between two events.
Dr. Es hypothesis was: adults over the age o
Models of Abnormal
One-Dimensional Models of Mental
In the past, different pathways of thought
were used exclusively without taking into
consideration aspects of other viewpoints
Such a narrow view of complex issues and
What is a mental disorder?
History of Abnormal Psychology
Abnormal Psychology and Life: Themes
How would you define abnormal
A mental disorder is a group of emotional
(feelings), cognitive (thin