Abnormal Psychology. CS 8: The SW examine how psychological disorders are diagnosed, classified and treated. Class Activity. Students will get in groups of four and develop a definition for “psychological disorder”
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CS 8: The SW examine how psychological disorders are diagnosed, classified and treated
Brain Structure and Chemistry
Mood-Related Perceptions and Memories
Def. of Normality and Disorder
Insurance companies and DSM
Often people come to the doctor’s office with
“medically unexplained illnesses”
Psychological disorders characterized by emotional extremes
Two Principle Forms
1) Major depressive disorder: prolonged
hopelessness and lethargy
2) Bipolar Disorder: A person alternates between depression and mania, an overexcited, hyperactive state
Help students see that depression following a traumatic even (death of a loved one, failure, serious physical injury) are considered normal. Depression without a known stressor or causal event may be due to biological or psychological reasons.
Struggling with questions of life’s purpose and these feelings are normal. Any indication of someone contemplating suicide should be taken seriously
Self-defeating beliefs and a negative explanatory style feed depression’s vicious cycle
What does it mean to say that “depression is the common cold of psychological disorders”?
Some dysfunctional behavior patterns impair people’s social functioning without depression or delusions
Paranoid Personality Disorder and Schizoid Personality Disorder are different from schizophrenia only by a matter of degree. While people with schizophrenia experience psychotic episodes when they lose touch with reality, people with these personality disorders do not have these extreme experiences. Their behavior is odd, eccentric and disturbing, but it does not impair daily life in the way that schizophrenia does