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PSY2012 Week 11 of notes

by: Lauren Carstens

PSY2012 Week 11 of notes PSY2012

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This week, we began and almost finished chapter 15. We had a guest speaker on Wednesday who really seemed to know what she was talking about.
Melissa Shepard
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Psychology, Week 11, Chapter 15, disorders
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Date Created: 04/15/16
Psychology Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Mental Illness  Psychopathology (mental illness): a disturbance in thoughts, emotions or behaviors that cause significant distress and/ or impairs functions o Can be broken down so we can not behave in ways that help us adapt o Causes significant stress and other negative emotions o Can get so intense that you can’t attend to hygiene or leave your house  Failure Analysis approach: tries to understand MI by examining breakdowns in functioning o Anxiety  interferes with the function it is supposed to help with  Too much anxiety leads you to do worse on the exam Intro to Psychological Disorders  Studies abnormal behavior  Criteria that psychologists use to determine abnormal behavior/ psychologically disordered (Concept of Normality): o What is abnormal?  Different from the norm (unusual)  Statistically unusual based on the standard bell curve  Ex: Hours of sleep: most people get 6-9 hours, but if someone gets 16 or 2, they are abnormal  Just because something is rare, does not mean it is bad (Einstein)  Every culture has different standards for normality!  Most disorders are found cross-cultures, but the symptoms sometimes differ  Not all disorders are uncommon o If the behavior leads to significant distress, it can be considered a disorder  Mania: They don’t experience distress, but it is very impairing  Some forms of distress and disability are the expected response to an event  Grief over a loved one  not considered a disorder  Not all psychological disorders cause distress and not all distress implies a disorder o Impairment: interferes with one’s ability to get along in life  Many ways that disorders an be impairing  This is an important criterion  Degree of impairment matters as well (grey area)  Ex: intense fear of heights  Impairing in a city, but not in a rural setting o Caveat/ exception: Everyone deviates, is distressed, or experiences impairment at times  It’s a matter of degree, not either/or (yes/no)  Think of it as a continuum between normal and abnormal Classifying Psychological Disorders  Syndromes: Patterns of psychological symptoms o DSM: manual of how to classify diagnoses  Been around since 1952 (We’re on the 5 version)  Still being developed/ changed  Groups disorders by category  Very specific criteria checklist for how to determine disorders and make diagnoses and a set of decision rules for each condition  Everyone who you are diagnosing must have 5 out of 9 symptoms to meet criteria  Cautions phycologists to “think organic”  Rule out physical causes of symptoms first  Hypothyroidism causes some symptoms of depression  Contains information about prevalence/ rarity  Criticisms of the DSM  Not all diagnoses meet criteria for validity o There are over 300 diagnoses and not all of them are super well researched o Even though it may not have significant research, people are hesitant to take it out  Not all criteria and decisions rules are based on scientific data o Still a lot of things that need to be worked on  High level of comorbidity o Multiple disorders occurring in one person o Usually, when you meet the criteria for one, you will have another o The distinct categories are more related than we think  Reliance on categorical rather than dimensional model of psychopathology o Either you have the diagnosis or you don’t  Vulnerable to political and social influences o Before a new version comes out, they will put out the proposed changes and groups will lobby for other things to be included/ not be included Categories of Disorders  Anxiety Disorders o Exaggeration of threat o Results in  Distressing, persistent anxiety  Doesn’t include short-term (test) anxiety o May lead to  Maladaptive, anxiety-reducing behaviors  When you have so much anxiety, it can be impairing o Types of anxiety disorders  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)  Defining feature o Excessive worry about situations that may not worry others o Continually tense and uneasy (over half of their day)  Even in the absence of any specific anxiety-provoking stimulus o More general than phobias  Panic Disorders  Defining feature o Panic attacks  Psychological component: intense fears  Physiological component: Rapid heart rate, chest pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, lightheadedness, sweating  frightening symptoms that may feel like a heart attack o Worry about having future panic attacks o Changing personal behaviors to decrease likelihood of having an attack  Some people will also receive a diagnosis of agoraphobia (fear of outside) o Comorbidity  Phobias  Different than a fear  Intense fear of a particular animal, object or situation  Sometimes these fears are adaptive (fear of poisonous snakes keeps you away from them) or maladaptive (fear of all snakes prevents you from vacationing in Florida)  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  Defining Features: o Exposed to a traumatic event and reacted with intense fear, helplessness or horror o Re-experiences trauma through  Distressing recollections/ dreams  Feelings of reliving trauma  Intense distress/ physiological arousal when exposed to reminders  Ex: Veterans hearing a helicopter  Not always combat veterans  Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  Defining Features o Obsessions: recurrent and persistent distress- causing thoughts o Compulsions: Repetitive behaviors driven by the obsession o Very persistent and unwanted and will take up a significant part of their day  Common type of obsessions o Contamination (dirt, germs, etc) o Repeated doubts o Need for symmetry, orderliness o Aggressive impulses o Sexual imagery o Many times, compulsions go along with obsessions  Common types of compulsions o Cleaning, washing (when worried about germs) o Repeated checking (when having repeated doubts) o Arranging/ lining up objects (orderliness) o Counting, repeated words, constant praying (repeated thoughts) o Mood disorders  Psychological disorders characterized by a lasting disturbance in mood  When extreme moods occur for a lot time  Extreme emotions  Depression  Mania  Major Depressive Disorder  Most common mood disorder  Defining feature: o Severely depressed mood  Major changes in sleep patterns, weight level and a loss in interest in pleasurable activities (anhedonia)  Typically lasts for months in order to be diagnosed  Bipolar Disorder  Characterized as alternating between depression and mania  Cycle through slower than people usually think o Mania for a week or two and depression for a little longer  Depressive episode/ phase o Often indistinguishable from major depressive disorder o Can’t get enough sleep o Cloudy or no thoughts  Manic episode/ phase o The opposite emotional extreme of depression o Euphoria, grandiose self-esteem and over- activity  Do not require a lot of sleep  Often hospitalized during this phase because of dangerous behavior  Always moving and talking o Too many thoughts o Personality disorders  Maladaptive patterns of behavior that have the ability to severely impact the way a person communicates and behaves in social situations


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