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Abnormal Psych, thought disorders

by: Caroline Pirtle

Abnormal Psych, thought disorders Psych 385

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Caroline Pirtle
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Date Created: 04/18/16
Thought Disorders Monday, November 16, 2015 2:03 PM I. Emil Kraepilin a. Progressive intellectual decline in mental functioning that occurred earlier than senile disorders b. Dementia praecox i. Early onset ii. Progressive decline II Eugen Bleuler a High level of functioning until teens; did not see flaw in brain functioning but did see breaking in capacity based on events (stress); their capacity to put it back together in a rational way is fundamentally broken which is how he got the term.. b Schizophrenia c "breaking of associational threads" I Important symptom definitions a Positive symptoms: overt disturbance, added i. Parts of conscious experience that add to the person ii. Delusions - unshakable false beliefs 1. Primary = ego-alien or imposed; delusions about the form of thought and the control you have about what goes on between your ears a. Thought insertion/withdrawal b. Passivity/control c. Thought broadcasting 2 Secondary = explaining their symptoms a. Reference - everything that happens to you has intention and meaning behind it b. Misidentification - believe familiar people are actually imposters; no longer who you have come to believe that they were c. Erotomania - a person feels they are receiving special messages (Katy Perry singing songs directly to them because they love them); often associated with celebrity stalking; fantasy world d. Somatic - belief that there are things happening in your body (ants under the skin, germ contamination) e. Persecution f. Jealousy - belief that someone in the real world is being unfaithful to you g. Grandiose - inflated beliefs about yourself h. Nihilistic - thoughts of not having a heart 2 Hallucinations = disordered perception a. Auditory - most common; not necessarily placed in reality; can be echo or aura effect b. Visual - usually of things and not people c. Olfactory - smell something that isn't actually there; also indicative of brain dysfunction (tumors) d. Somatic e. haptic b Negative symptoms: absence of normal functioning, missing i More progressive; gradually take something away from mental functioning 1 The four A's: a. Affective flattening - blank face or monotone to the person's expressiveness; almost robotic b. Alogia - an absence of speech; absence or reduction in ability to reflect ideas; reflects absence of logos c. Avolition - absence of motivation; engagement in behaviors becomes more restrictive, may be able to stay in one spot for several hours d. Anhedonia - opposite of affective flattening; absence of emotional triggers/interactions; can't make them laugh b Disorganized thoughts and behavior


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