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what is implicit attitudes?

what is implicit attitudes?


School: University of Oregon
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Chapter 12:  

what is implicit attitudes?

Behaviors Are Consistent with Strong Attitudes

• An attitude is more likely to predict behavior, to be consistent over time,  and to be resistant to change:  

◦ the stronger it is

◦ the more personally relevant it is

◦ the more specific it is

◦ if it is formed through direct experience

• Attitude accessibility predicts behavior consistent with the attitudes • Explicit attitudes  

◦ Those you are aware of and can report

• Implicit attitudes  

◦ Those you are not aware of

◦ May be associated with the brain areas involved with implicit memories ◦ Implicit Associations Test

◦ might not endorse but can still influence your behavior

The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

  •  When we are confronted with information implying that we may have behaved in  ways that are irrational, immoral, or stupid, we experience a good deal of  discomfort.

What is the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance?

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  •  This feeling of discomfort caused by performing an action that runs counter to  one’s customary (typically positive) conception of oneself is referred to as  cognitive dissonance.

  •  Leon Festiner (1957) was the first to investigate the precise workings of this  powerful phenomenon.

• Three basic ways we try to reduce cognitive dissonance:  

◦ By changing our behavior to bring it in line with dissonant cognition ◦ By attempting to justify our behavior through changing one of the  dissonant cognitions 

◦ By attempting to justify our behavior by adding new cognitions

Nonverbal behavior

  •  What do we know about people when we first meet them?

  •  We know what we can see and head, and even though we know we should not  judge a book by its cover, this kind of easily observable information is crucial to  our first impression.

What is Nonverbal behavior?

  •  With no words at all, we can communicate volumes.

• Nonverbal communication: the way in which people communicate,  intentionally or unintentionally, without words.  

◦ nonverbal cues include:  

▪ facial expressions

▪ tone of voice

▪ gestures

▪ body position/movement

▪ the use of touch

▪ gaze

• Nonverbal cues serve many functions in communication  

◦ You can express “I am angry” by narrowing your eyes, lowering your  eyebrows, and setting your mouth in a thin straight line.

◦ You can convey the attitude “I like you” with smiles and extended eye  contact.

◦ You can communicate your personality with traits, like being an extrovert,  with broad gestures and frequent changes in voice pitch and inflection • Some nonverbal cues actually contradict the spoken words  ◦ communicating sarcasm is the classic example of verbal-nonverbal  contradiction If you want to learn more check out tanya falcone kent state

We Make Attributions about Others:

  •  Attributions are people’s casual explanations for events or actions, including  other people’s behavior.

  •  People are motivated to draw inferences in part by a basic need for order and  predictability in their lives

◦ Just world hypothesis

• Fundamental attribution error:  

◦ We tend to overemphasize the important of personality traits and  underestimate the importance of situation

◦ Actor-observer discrepancy

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▪ We tend to see other people’s behavior as disposition ally  

caused, while we are more likely to see our own behavior as  

situationally caused

▪ The effect occurs because perceptual salience and  

information availability differ for the actor and the observer

◦ Differences in Eastern vs. Western errors

We Conform to Social Norms

• Conforming to social norms or expectations is necessary in a civilized  society  

◦ Autokinetic effect

◦ Solomon Asch’s objective line length test – subject was surrounded by  people who were told to give the wrong answer. Most of the time, the  subject would agree with everyone else on the wrong answer in fear of  being ostracized.

  •  When we conform for acceptance, this is Normative Social Influence

The Chameleon Effect

  •  Conformity: adjusting one’s behavior or thinking to coincide with a group  standard

Stereotypes Are Based on Automatic Categorization

• Attitudes and beliefs about groups are prejudice  

◦ Emotional component: also prejudice

◦ Cognitive component: stereotypes

◦ Behavioral component: discrimination

• Stereotyping is a cognitive process, not an emotional one.  ◦ Cognitive schemas that help us organize information about people on the  basis of their membership in certain groups We also discuss several other topics like human growth and development study guide

  •  Stereotyping does not necessarily lead to intentional acts of abuse   •  Often stereotyping is merely a technique we use to simplify how we look at the  world – and we all do it to some extent.

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Your Name Matters

  •  in 2006, researchers sent 1,100 identically worded email inquiries to Los  Angeles-area landlords.

  •  The inquiries were signed randomly, with an equal number signed ◦ Patrick McDougall

▪ received positive or encouraging replies from 89% of landlords ◦ Tyrell Jackson

▪ only 56% responded positively

◦ Said Al-Rahman

▪ encouraged by 66% of landlords.

Stereotypes Can Lead to Prejudice:

• Negative stereotypes of groups lead to:  If you want to learn more check out • What are some cultural variations in adolescent love and sexuality, including variations in adolescent pregnancy and contraceptive use?

◦ prejudice  

▪ affective or attitudinal responses associated with stereotypes,  usually involving negative judgments about people on the basis of  their group membership.

◦ discrimination  

▪ unjustified and inappropriate treatment of people as a result of  prejudice

• In-group/out-group bias:  

◦ Some people are more likely to develop associations between aversive  events and members of an out-group

▪ those people appear to be more likely to be racially biased

◦ The formation of in-group and out-group distinctions appear to occur  early in life.

• Outgrip homogeneity effect

• In-group favoritism  

◦ Women are quicker than men to form in-group bias, perhaps as a result of  evolution

  •  The killing of Amadou Diallo by New York City police officers is used as an  example of how implicit biases may impact behavior and how extensive training  can reduce this implicit bias.

• Inhibiting stereotypes  

◦ research suggests that negative stereotypes can be countered through  learning and self-regulation

When Do We Harm or Help Others?

  •  Aggression can be adaptive

  •  Many factors may influence helping behavior

◦ Prosocial behaviors provide benefits to those around us and promote  positive interpersonal relationships

◦ Such behaviors may ensure the survival of the human species as such  behaviors improve group functioning and strong groups are more likely to  function in an effective manner

  •  Some situations lead to bystander apathy

◦ people fear social blunders

◦ diffusion of social responsibility

◦ people are less likely to help when they are anonymous and can remain  so

◦ a cost-benefit trade-off involves how much harm people risk by helping,  or what benefits they would have to forgo if they stopped to help


The Person Next Door: The Propinquity Effect

  •  One of the simplest determinants of interpersonal attraction is proximity  (sometimes called propinquity)

  •  Propinquity effect: the finding that the more we see and interact with people, the  more likely they are to become our friends.

Chapter 13:  

Psychodynamic Theories Emphasize Unconscious and Dynamic Processes   •  Sigmund Freud developed one of the most influential theories of personality  development by observing patients he treated

  •  His underlying assumption was that unconscious forces, such as wishes and  motives, influence behavior

• There are three major components of Freud’s theory:  

◦ Topographical model  

▪ conscious, unconscious, preconscious

◦ Development of sexual instincts  

▪ oral, anal, phallic, latency, genital psychosexual stages

• Structural model  

◦ id, ego, superego

◦ defense mechanisms were described as strategies used by the ego to  cope with the anxiety caused by conflicts between the id and the  


Type and Trait Approaches Describe Behavioral Dispositions

• Typologies:  

◦ discrete categories in which we place people

• Traits:  

◦ Behavioral dispositions that endure over time and across situations • Implicit personality theory:  

◦ personality characteristics go together, allowing for predictions about  people on the basis of minimal evidence

  •  Estimates of the number of traits have ranged from almost 18,000 to the 16  Cattle identified through factor analysis to the Big Five.

• Eysenck’s hierarchical model:

◦ The specific response level

▪ observed behaviors

◦ the habitual response level

▪ behaviors observed on several occasions 

◦ traits

• Eysenck proposed three superordinate traits:  

◦ introversion-extraversion, emotional stability, and psychoticism (or  constraint)

• The Big Five or Five Factor Model:  

◦ Five basic personality traits:  

▪ openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion,  

agreeableness, and neuroticism (OCEAN)

◦ Significant evidence supports the five factor model  

▪ including some predictive studies and cross-cultural studies

People Are Sometimes Inconsistent

• Situationism  

◦ Mischel proposed that behaviors are determined as much by situations  as by personality traits

• This affected the field for more than a decade and caused considerable  rifts between:  

◦ social psychologists, who tended to emphasize situational forces ◦ personality psychologists, who focused on individual dispositions  • The basic argument made by personality researchers in the person situation debate is the extents to which traits predict behavior depends on:  ▪ The centrality of the trait

▪ The aggregation of behaviors over time

▪ The type of trait being evaluated

Personality Is Rooted in Genetics

• Nearly all personality traits have a genetic component

◦ Genetic influence accounts for approximately half of the variance  (40-60%) between individuals in personality traits

◦ Environment also plays a large part

• Parenting style has an effect  

◦ Children who are raised with inadequate parenting are not socialized  properly

◦ More likely to become delinquent or display antisocial behavior • In general, genetics influence personality based on multiple genes

         •  However, single genes have been identified in:

◦ Novelty seeking  

▪ dopamine

◦ Neuroticism and agreeableness  

▪ serotonin

Temperaments Are Evident in Infancy

• From birth, infants show temperamental differences that can be grouped  into three categories:  

◦ Activity level

◦ Emotionality

◦ Sociability

• Long term implications of temperaments:  

◦ Research has demonstrated that early temperament is predictive of later  personality and behaviors

• Gender and temperaments  

◦ Girls have stronger ability to control their attention and to resist impulses ◦ Boys are physical active and experience more high-intensity pleasure  ▪ rough and tumble play

• Shyness and inhibition  

◦ Shyness has been linked to early temperament with about 15-20% of  newborns classified as inhibited

◦ Biological evidence indicates the amygdala shows created responsively in  shy individuals

◦ About 25% of inhibited children do not become shy

▪ Illustrating the importance of parental creation of calm and safe  environments

Personality Traits Are Stable Over Time

  •  Over many years the relative rankings of individuals on each of the Big Five  personality traits remind stable

  •  Stability is lowest during early childhood and highest over age 50 • Age-related change  

◦ in general, people become less neurotic, less extraverted, and less open  to new experiences as they get older

◦ People tend to become more agreeable and much more conscientious  with age

• The brain develops well into early adulthood  

◦ May explain the greater evidence of personality change before age 30

◦ Environments tend to be relatively stable, especially after early adulthood

Our Self-Concepts Consist of Self-Knowledge

• Self-awareness:  

◦ The objectified self  

▪ Researchers have differentiated between the self as the knower  (“I”) and the self as the object that is known (“me”) – called the  

objectified self

◦ The theory of objective self-awareness  

▪ Self-awareness leads people to act in accordance with their  

personal values and beliefs 

◦ Self-discrepancy theory  

▪ Awareness of differences between personal standards and goals  leads to strong emotions

◦ Self-awareness is highly dependent on the normal development of  the frontal lobes  

▪ As evidenced by the difficulties experienced by those with damage  to this region

◦ Self-schema  

▪ Network of interconnected knowledge about the self

▪ Memories, beliefs, generalizations about the self-help filter  


▪ Activation of the middle of the frontal lobes occurs when people  process information about themselves

• Working self-concept  

◦ The immediate experience of the self

◦ Limited to the amount of personal information that can be processed  cognitively at any given time

Chapter 14:  

Psychological Disorders

  •  People are fascinated by the exceptional, the unusual, and the abnormal. This  fascination may be caused by two reasons:

◦ During various moments, we feel, think, and act like an abnormal  individual.

◦ Psychological disorders may bring unexplained physical symptoms,  irrational fears, and suicidal thoughts.

  •  There are 450 million people suffering from psychological disorders

         •  Depression and schizophrenia exist in all cultures in the world

The Medical Model

  •  Philippe Pinel (1745-1826) from France insisted that madness was not due to  demonic possession, but an ailment of the mind.

  •  When physicians discovered that syphilis led to mental disorders, they started  using medical models to review the physical causes of these disorders ◦ Etiology: cause and development of the disorder

◦ Diagnosis: identifying (symptoms) and distinguishing one disease from  another

◦ Treatment: treating a disorder in a psychiatric hospital.

◦ Prognosis: forecast about the disorder.

lassifying Psychological Disorders

  •  The American Psychiatric Association rendered a Diagnostic and Statical  Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to describe psychological disorders.   •  The most recent edition, DSM-V (2013), describes 400 psychological disorders  compared to 60 in the 1950’s

Mental Disorders Are Classified into Categories

  •  There are clear advantages to categorizing disorders such as being able to  investigate etiology and treatment

Goals of DSM

1. Describe disorders

2. Determine how prevalent the disorder is

Mental Disorders Must Be Assessed

• Assessment refers to the process of examining a person’s mental functions  and psychological health  

◦ Allows for a diagnosis to be made

◦ Ongoing assessment can assist in understanding the effectiveness of  treatment, situations that might trigger relapse, and improved  

understanding of the disorder.

• Structured vs. unstructured interviews:  

◦ The clinical interview is the most common assessment tool

▪ Allowing interviews to express empathy, build a rapport, and  

discover the nature of the client’s problem.

• Types of testing:

◦ Behavioral assessment includes observations of individuals in a variety of  settings and psychological testings:

▪ Beck Depression Inventory

▪ Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory

◦ Neuropsychological assessment allows for a determination of possible  brain abnormalities.

• Evidence-based assessment:  

◦ Uses research to guide how mental disorders are evaluated including: ▪ Selecting appropriate psychological tests

▪ Using appropriate neuropsychological methods

▪ Using critical thinking in making a diagnosis

ental Disorders Have Many Causes

• Diathesis-stress model  

◦ Disorders are caused by an underlying vulnerability or predisposition  (diathesis) to a mental disorder that is triggered by stress

▪ The diathesis can be biological, such as a genetic predisposition to  a specific disorder, or environmental, such as childhood trauma.

• Biological factors  

◦ Genetics

• Toxins  

◦ Some mental disorders may arise from prenatal problems such as  maternal illness, malnutrition, and exposure to toxins

◦ Environmental toxins and malnutrition during childhood and adolescence  can increase risk for mental disorders

• Differences in Brain  

◦ structural imaging, PET, and fMRI have revealed differences in brain  anatomy between those with mental disorders and those without

▪ may be due to genetics

◦ the role of neurotransmitters

• Psychological factors  

◦ Freud believed that mental disorders were mostly due to unconscious  conflicts

◦ Thoughts and emotions are shaped by the environment and can  profoundly influence behavior

▪ Family systems model

▪ Sociocultural model

• Cognitive-behavioral factors:  

◦ Thoughts can become distorted and produce maladaptive behaviors and  emotions

◦ One way of categorizing mental disorders is to divide them into two major  groups

▪ Internalizing disorders

▪ Externalizing disorders

• Sex differences in mental disorders  

◦ Disorders associated with internalizing are more prevalent in females,  externalized disorders are prevalent more in men.

• Culture and mental disorders  

◦ Most mental disorders show both universal and culture-specific  symptoms 

▪ They may be very similar around the world, but at the same time,  they reflect cultural differences


• Anxiety Disorders: feeling of excessive apprehension and anxiety. ◦ Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

◦ Panic Disorder

◦ Phobias

◦ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

◦ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There Are Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

  •  More than 25% of people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in  their lives

  •  Different anxiety disorders share some emotional, cognitive, somatic, and motor  symptoms.

◦ Despite similar symptoms, the behavioral manifestations of these  disorders are quite different.

• Phobic Disorder:  

◦ specific phobias involve particular objects or situations

◦ social phobia involves fear of being humiliated in a social situation • Generalized Anxiety Disorder  

◦ persistent and uncontrollable tenseness and apprehension

◦ autonomic arousal

◦ inability to identify or avoid the cause of certain feelings

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder  

◦ a person experiences repeated intrusive thoughts or images (obsessions) ◦ the person feels compelled to engage in ritualistic behavior (compulsions) • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

◦ Four or more weeks of the following symptoms constitute post-traumatic  stress disorder (PTSD):

▪ Haunting memories

▪ Nightmares

▪ Social withdrawal

▪ Jumpy anxiety

▪ Sleep problems

◦ Resilience to PTSD

▪ Only about 10% of women and 20% of men react to traumatic  situations and develop PTSD

▪ Holocaust survivors show remarkable resilience against traumatic  situations

▪ All major religions of the world suggest that surviving a trauma  leads to the growth of an individual

Anxiety Disorders Have Cognitive, Situational, and Biological Components   •  Situational factors such as observation of anxiety in others or biological factors  such as an inhibited temperament also work together to develop anxiety  disorders.

• OCD  

◦ People are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational  and yet they are unable to stop them

▪ One explanation is that the disorder results from conditioning ◦ Biological components

▪ Most likely involving a genetic factor

◦ Streptococcal infection can cause a sever form of OCD in some young  children, possibly due to damage in the caudate nucleus

Mood Disorders

  •  Emotion extremes of mood disorders come in two principal forms ◦ Major Depressive Disorder  

▪ Depression is the “common cold” of psychological disorders. In a  year, 5.8% of men and 9.5% of women report depression  


▪ Major depressive disorder occurs when signs of depression  last two weeks or more and are not caused by drugs or  

medical conditions.

▪ Signs include:  

▪ lethargy and fatigue

▪ feelings of worthlessness

▪ loss of interest in family and friends

▪ loss of interest in activities

◦ Bipolar disorder  

▪ formerly called manic-depressive disorder. An alternation between  depression and mania signals bipolar disorder 

▪ Depressive symptoms:  

▪ gloomy withdrawn

▪ inability to make decisions

▪ tired

▪ slowness of thought

▪ Manic symptoms:  

▪ elation

▪ euphoria

▪ desire for action

▪ hyperactive

▪ multiple ideas

▪ Many great writers, poets, and composers suffered from bipolar  disorder. During their manic phase, creativity surged, but not  

during their depressed phase.

Theory of Depression

  •  Depressive episode self-terminate

  •  Stressful events often precede depression

  •  Depression is increasing, especially in the teens.

Biological Perspective

• Genetic influences: Mood disorders run in families. The rate of depression is  higher in identical (50%) than fraternal twins (25%).

  •  Linkage analysis and association studies link possible genes and dispositions  for depression.

Social-Cognitive Perspective

  •  The social-cognitive perspective suggests that depression arises partly from  self-defeating beliefs and negative explanatory styles.

• Depressed Mood  

◦ Social-cultural influences:  

▪ traumatic/negative events

▪ cultural expectations

▪ depression-evoked responses

◦ Psychological influences:  

▪ negative explanatory style

▪ learned helplessness

◦ Biological influences


  •  The literal translation is “split mind” which refers to a split from reality. A group of  severe disorders characterized by the following:

◦ Disorganized and delusional thinking

◦ Disturbed perceptions

◦ Inappropriate emotions and actions

• Symptoms  

◦ Positive: presence of inappropriate behaviors and thoughts

▪ Hallucinations

▪ Delusions

▪ Disorganized thinking

▪ Disorganized speech

◦ Negative: absence of appropriate behaviors and thoughts

▪ Losing interest in activities

▪ Feeling out of touch

▪ Lack of emotion (apathy)

▪ Lack of expression

▪ Rigid body

Onset and Development of Schizophrenia

  •  Nearly 1 in 100 people suffer from schizophrenia, and throughout the world over  24 million people suffer from this disease (WHO, 2002)

  •  Schizophrenia strikes young people s they mature into adults. It affects men and  women equally, but men suffer from it more severely than women.

Chronic and Acute Schizophrenia

  •  When schizophrenia is slow to develop (chronic/process), recovery is doubtful.  Such schizophrenics usually display negative symptoms

  •  When schizophrenia rapidly develops (acute/reactive), recovery is better. Such  schizophrenics usually show positive symptoms.

Understanding Schizophrenia

  •  Schizophrenia is a disease of the brain exhibited by the symptoms of the mind. • Brain Abnormalities

◦ Dopamine Overactivity: researchers found that schizophrenic patients  express higher levels of dopamine D4 receptors in the brain.

◦ Schizophrenia patients may exhibit morphological changes in the brain  like enlargement of fluid-filled ventricles 

• Viral Infection  

◦ Schizophrenia has also been observed in individuals who contracted a  viral infection (flu) during the middle of their fetal development

• Genetic Factors  

◦ The likelihood of an individual suffering from schizophrenia is 50% if their  identical twin has the disease

◦ Both parents with schizophrenia 45% 

◦ Fraternal twin 15%

◦ Sibling 10%

Schizophrenia Is Primarily a Brain Disorder

• Five factors that have been found to predict the onset of psychotic  disorders:  

◦ Family history of schizophrenia

◦ Greater social impairment

◦ Higher levels of suspicion and paranoia

◦ History of substance abuse

◦ Higher levels of unusual thoughts

Personality Disorders

  •  Personality disorders are characterized by inflexible and enduring behavior  patterns that impair social functioning. They are usually without anxiety,  depression, or delusions.

  •  Personality disorders tend to be controversial 

• Borderline Personality Disorder:  

◦ characterized by disturbances in identity, in affect, and impulse control ◦ characterized by problems with identity, affective disturbances,  impulsivity, sleep abnormalities

◦ 1-2% of adults meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder; twice  as common in women than men

◦ possible causes: low serotonin, trauma, or abuse

Chapter 15:  

Psychotherapy Is Based on Psychological Principles

         •  With over 400 psychological therapies available, the precise techniques used by  individual therapists may vary widely

  •  One factor known to affect the outcome of therapy is the relationship between  the therapist and the client

• Psychodynamic therapy focuses on insight:  

◦ Along with Josef Bruer, Sigmund Freud pioneered the mentor of  psychoanalysis 

◦ Treatment involved uncovering unconscious feelings and drives that,  Freud believed, gave rise to maladaptive thoughts and behaviors

▪ Techniques included free association and dream analysis

  •  The general goal of psychoanalysis is to increase clients’ awareness of these  unconscious processes and how they affect daily functioning

• Over the past few decades, psychodynamic therapy has become  controversial due to:  

◦ It’s expensive, the length of time required for treatment, and the lack of  evidence of effectiveness for most disorders

• Humanistic therapies focus on the whole person:  

◦ Emphasizes personal experience, belief systems, and the  

phenomenology of individuals

◦ The goal of humanistic therapy is to treat the person as a whole • Key ingredients of client-centered therapy include:  

◦ Creating a safe and comforting setting, empathy, reflective listening, and  unconditional positive regard

  •  Many techniques advocated by Rogers are used currently to establish a good  therapeutic relationship between practitioner and client

• Cognitive-behavioral therapy targets thoughts and behaviors:  ◦ Many of the most successful therapies involve trying to change people’s  behavior and cognition directly

◦ Beck pioneered cognitive reconstructing

◦ Ellis promoted rational-emotive therapy

• Examples of these treatments include: behavior modification, modeling,  social skills training, cognitive therapy and cognitive behavior therapy  (CBT)  

◦ Interpersonal therapy integrates insight therapy with cognitive therapy ◦ CBT is one of the most effective treatments available for anxiety and  mood disorders

◦ Exposure is an effective treatment for phobia and relies on classical  conditioning processes

• Group therapy builds social support:

◦ Group and family therapy have become more widespread

◦ Group therapy is less expensive than individual therapy

◦ Offers the opportunity for practice of social skills and peer learning  • Family therapy focuses on the family context:  

◦ Family therapy reflects an understanding of systems approaches – an  individual is part of larger groups that can maintain or exacerbate  


▪ Negative expresses emotion within families, for example, has been  linked to higher relapse rates among those diagnosed with  


• Confession is good for the spirit:  

◦ Irrespective of type of therapy, evidence suggests that simply talking  about (or writing about) one’s problems can have a positive effect

Medication Is Effective for Certain Disorders:

  •  Drugs that affect mental process are called psychotropic medications • The success of medication in the treatment of mental disorders is largely  responsible for the era of deinstitutionalization  

◦ Scores of patients were discharges from mental hospitals and treated  with drugs as outpatients

  •  Most psychotropic medications fall into three categories: ◦ Anti-anxiety

▪ Reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, but they also induce  drowsiness and are highly addictive

▪ They should be used sparingly

◦ Antidepressants

▪ There are several classes including MAO inhibitors, tricyclic  

antidepressants, and SSRIs

◦ Antipsychotics (neuroleptics)

▪ Block the effects of dopamine

▪ Antipsychotics are not always effective

▪ They have significant side effects that can be irreversible

▪ Tardive dyskinesia

▪ These drugs are not useful for treating the native symptoms of  schizophrenia

▪ Such as apathy and social withdrawal

Alternative Biological Treatments Are Used in Extreme Cases

  •  Alternative biological methods often used as last resorts because they are more  likely to have serious side effects than will either psychotherapy or medication 

• Lobotomies:  

◦ one of the earliest formal procedures used on patients with severe mental  illness was psychosurgery

▪ Areas of the frontal cortex were selectively damaged

◦ These prefrontal lobotomies were used to treat severe mental disorders,  including:

▪ Schizophrenia, major depression, and anxiety disorders

◦ Patients who received lobotomies were often listless and had flat effect ◦ The procedure often impaired many important mental functions, such as  abstract thought, planning, motivation, and social interaction

◦ With the development of effective pharmacological treatments in the  1950s, the use of lobotomy was discontinued

• Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT):  

◦ Common in the 1950s and 1960s to treat mental disorders including  schizophrenia and depression

◦ ECT now generally occurs under anesthesia with powerful muscle  relaxants

◦ ECT is particularly effective for some cases of severe depression,  although there are some risks to its use

• Transcranial magnetic stimulation and deep brain stimulation are newer  techniques that may be promising  

◦ Can be used for depression or bipolar disorder.

◦ Send shocks through the brain inducing small seizures.

◦ Are used when patients are suicidal and medication would take too long  to help them.

Behavioral and Cognitive Treatments Are Superior for Anxiety Disorders • Panic attacks:  

◦ Imipramine prevents panic attacks

• CBT:

◦ helps break the learned association between the physical symptoms and  the mind

• In the short term:  

◦ CBT alone and imipramine alone were effective for treating panic disorder  but they did not differ in results

• Six months after treatment ended:  

◦ Those who received psychotherpy were less likely to relapse than those  who had taken medication

• OCD:

◦ SSRIs and CBT are effective treatments

◦ Researchers imaged the brains of patients with OCF who were being  treated with with Prozac or CBT

▪ Patients in both treatment groups showed the same changes in  neural activity

▪ CBT may be a more effective way of treating OCF than medication,  especially over the long term

Many Effective Treatments Are Available For Depression

• Cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression:  

◦ Just as effective as biological therapies in treating depression

◦ The goal of CBT is to help the client think more adaptively

◦ Although CBT can be effective on it’s own, combining it with  

antidepressant medication is significantly more effective than either one  of these approaches alone.

• Alternative treatments:  

◦ ECT has been effective for some people with major depression  ▪ ECT frequently results in amelioration of depressed mood, the  mechanism by which this occurs is unknown

▪ ECT does have serious limitation, including high relapse rate and  memory impairments

◦ “Happy lights” for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

◦ Transcranial magnetic stimulation can reduce depressive symptoms  ▪ A series of studies demonstrated that TMS over the left frontal  regions results in a significant reduction in depression 

▪ Used in patients who are not helped by traditional therapies

• Pharmacological Treatment  

◦ MAO inhibitors are affective but are generally reserved for patients who  do not respond to other antidepressants

◦ Tricyclics are extremely effective antidepressants but there are a number  of unpleasant side effects

◦ SSRIs are prescribed most frequently because they have fewer seriously  side effects than MAO inhibitors and tricyclics 

◦ Physicians often must resort to trial-and-error when finding a drug that  works best for a patient

Lithium For Bipolar Disorder

  •  Only about 20% of patients maintained on lithium will experience relapses

         •  Lithium seems to modulate neurotransmitter levels

  •  It is effective in stabilizing mood, but it has unpleasant side effects including  thirst, hand tremors, excessive urination, and memory problems.

Pharmacological Treatments Are Superior For Schizophrenia

  •  Historically, psychotic patients were often institutionalized in large mental  hospitals

  •  Brain surgery, such as prefrontal lobotomy, was considered a viable option for  patients with severe mental disorders, but was ineffective in treating people with  schizophrenia

  •  The introduction of psychotropic medications in the 1950s eliminated the use of  lobotomy

• Chlorpromazine and haloperidol revolutionized the treatment of  schizophrenia and became the most frequently used treatments for this  disorder  

◦ Chlorpromazine: acts as a major tranquilizer, reduces anxiety, sedates  without inducing sleep, decreased the severity and frequency of the  positive symptoms

◦ Haloperidol: is chemically different and has less of a sedating effect • Second-generation antipsychotics such as Clozapine, Risperdol, and  Zyprexa are more effective at reducing negative symptoms as well as the  positive

• Psychical treatments:  

◦ Medication does not substantially affect patients’ social functioning ◦ Social skills training is an effective way to address some deficits in  schizophrenics

◦ Initial studies using CBT indicate that it is more effective than other  psychological treatments in reducing symptoms (psychological  

treatments aren’t as helpful, but CBT is the most helpful of them)

• Prognosis in schizophrenia:  

◦ One long term study followed participants for 32 years:

▪ between half and two-thirds were recovered or had considerable  improvement in functioning on the follow-up

◦ The prognosis of schizophrenia patients depends on factors including  age of onset, gender, and culture.

ADHD in Children

• Pharmacological treatment of ADHD

◦ The most common treatment is a central-nervous-system stimulant,  Ritalin.

▪ Children on Ritalin experience an increase in positive behaviors  and a decrease in negative behaviors

▪ Side effects include sleep problems, reduced appetite, growth  suppression 

◦ Evidence indicates that although stimulants are beneficial in the short  term, their benefits may not be maintained over the long term

◦ In addition there is a very real risk of abuse

▪ Numerous cases of children and adolescents buying and selling  these stimulants 

ADHD in Children

• Pharmacological treatment of ADHD  

◦ The most common treatment is a central-nervous-system stimulant,  Ritalin.

▪ Children on Ritalin experience an increase in positive behaviors  and a decrease in negative behaviors

▪ Side effects include sleep problems, reduced appetite, growth  suppression 

◦ Evidence indicates that although stimulants are beneficial in the short  term, their benefits may not be maintained over the long term

◦ In addition there is a very real risk of abuse

▪ Numerous cases of children and adolescents buying and selling  these stimulants 

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