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Chapter 1 An Overview of Psychopathology

by: Hayley Banks

Chapter 1 An Overview of Psychopathology Pysch 439

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Abnormal Psychology
Kathryn Ryder
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Date Created: 01/28/16
Chapter 1: An Overview of Psychopathology  Psychopathology o The study of mental illness  DALY o Disability-Adjusted Life Year  Represents the total number of years lost to illness, disability, or premature  Stigma o Negative attitudes and beliefs that cause the general public to avoid others including those with mental illness o Defined as a mark or disgrace associated with a particular person  Conceptions of Mental Illness o Physical disorders involved the body and mental disorders involved the mind o Mental disorders are brain disorders o Physical disorders are like immune system, chemical processes in the body which can be equally involved in mental disorders  Three Major Themes o Behavioral and Experimental Perspective  Examines the behavior and experience observed in psychopathology  Examine current ways of classifying and describing abnormal behavior o Neuroscience Perspective  Emphasize the structure and function of the brain  Using brain imaging, it becomes clear that mental disorders are brain disorders o Evolutionary Perspective  Look at certain ways of seeing or being in the world that might be adaptive  Look at if there is any advantage to behaving and feeling in certain ways that others consider abnormal  Adaptive function  Look at how one basic human process developed in relation to an earlier one  Level of Analysis o Ranging from culture and society at a higher level to the individual at a middle level o Physiology and genetics at the lower levels o Higher level include culture and society as well as our social relationships o Individual level includes our actions and our experiences  include sensory, motor, emotional, and cognitive systems o Lower levels include physiological processes that make up our central and peripheral nervous systems  Genetic level  Understand how environmental conditions influence genetic processes  Epigenetics o Where genes can be turned on or off by the environment and these mechanisms can be passed on to the future generations without actually changing the basic genetic structure  Biospsychosocial Approach o Biological- status on health o Psychological- What do you think, what is going on in the brain o Those with mental illness or even a medical disorder should not be only understood from a biological perspective o Examples: 2  Diabetes is a disorder, which relates to how a person eats and exercises  Depression and anxiety can be influences by social and emotional factors  Have to see the signs and symptoms of the disorder in a larger context  Culture Perspective o Examines the social world in which a person lives and from which a person learns skills, values, beliefs, attitudes, and other information o Current views of culture emphasize the social world in which person lives o Genes become more prevalent o 5-HTT serotonin gene variant  associated with being prone to develop higher levels of anxiety and depression  Common of Japanese and European individuals o The evolutionary and cultural perspectives help us ask questions such as what function a disorder might serve and how it came about  What is Psychopathology? o Five ideas common to the definition  Psychopathology are maladaptive and not in the individual’s best interest  Personal distress  A deviance from both cultural and statistical norms  The person has difficulty connecting with his or her environment and also with himself or herself  Depersonalization (disconnect from body)  Feeling out of place, can not tell the difference between what is real vs not real  Inability to fully consider alternative ways of thinking, feeling, or doing 3  Negative thoughts (paranoia)  Is Psychopathology Universal? o Differ from culture to culture whether wherever you are o Humans would recognize similar expressions of the basic emotion o Prevalence is similar in cultures across the world then it is more likely to be part of the human condition rather than culturally derived o Example: Schizophrenia are found at similar rates around the world 4


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