Defining Abnormal Behavior, Part I January 15, 2014 PSYC 2340: Abnormal Psychology Brett Deacon, Ph.D. Announcements. No class next Monday Course website is here: http://www.uwyo.edu/psychology/faculty/psyc%202340%20abnormal%20psychology.html.
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“If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”-Thomas SzaszThere is a fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness’.” -Dave Berry
Frank is 50-year-old, single, impeccably groomed military veteran who lives alone in an apartment in a large city. He hoards objects which he finds valuable in some way. His apartment, car, and four storage lockers are almost entirely filled with “junk.” He spends a great deal of time “dumpster diving” to acquire objects. Once he has acquired an object he cannot bring himself to throw it away. Faced with the looming threat of eviction, he sought treatment.