1/11/17 ∙ Course overview o Psychopathology The scientific study of abnormal behavior o Broad survey of mental disorders in adults How common How do they effect a person? Costs individually and societally o Focus is on disorders rather than on treatment o Highlighting what we know (so far), and grappling with questions thaDon't forget about the age old question of physics 206
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t are still unresolved ∙ Goals of the course o Develop an appreciation for: Challenges of defining abnormality Explanations of abnormal behavior Evolving understanding through research Controversies about classification Challenges of assessment and accurate diagnosis Description of the major mental disorders in adults Current controversies and unresolved questions Emerging trends in research and treatment ∙ Exam questions based on readings as well as lecture o Textbook, casebook, additional readings posted on Canvas Will need to apply info from textbook to cases Will need to diagnosis people on exams o Exams will be 40% info from reading and 60% lectures All readings are fair game ∙ Lectures o Classes build upon (do not replace) the readings o Focus on key issues and select disorders o Slides will be available before class ∙ How to do well o Do reading before class o Come to class o Think actively and critically o Ask about anything that isn’t clear ∙ What is abnormal? o How can we tell if a behavior is abnormal? o What information is needed to make this decision? ∙ Case: Allison o Why is the behavior not abnormal? Doesn’t seem too impairedo What if: She refuses to take a class that requires public speaking? Doesn’t show up for the presentation? Stops pursuing certain career options? o Stage-fright is common o How do you decide at what point it’s abnormal? Look at how it effects their outside life Hinder day-to-day activities? The magnitude of the reactions physiological The length of the fear ∙ Ben o Just because something is common does it make it abnormal? o Level of insight He doesn’t think that he has a problem, but someone else does It effects his work can’t function at work o But not drinking to get drunk o Situational context is important o It could be worse He hasn’t been fired or anything o Context is super important Situation changes if he is a college student vs. single father ∙ Carol o Maybe it’s Frank’s behavior o What if Causing Carol extreme distress? Putting so much strain on the relationship that they are considering divorce ∙ Donald o More clear-cut o Lack of reality o Paranoia without rational cause o Really believes it o Effects day-to-day functioning o Lots of rigid rules about what is acceptable or unacceptable o Lack of control over thoughts and behaviors o What if Began after he started drugs ∙ Maybe they were a trigger? ∙ People who do not follow commonly accepted behaviors are usually considered somewhat abnormal