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Psy2012 Last week of notes

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Psy2012 Last week of notes PSY2012

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We finished chapter 15 and finished chapter 16 this week, which are the last chapters of the course! Good luck on the exam and optional final.
Melissa Shepard
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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  Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)  Long term pattern of manipulating, exploiting or violating the rights of other people o Don’t demonstrate their ability to see the perspective of other people o Don’t show remorse for their actions  To receive a diagnosis, people must meet the diagnostic criteria for Conduct Disorder as a child o It’s an established pattern of behavior since childhood (wont develop in adulthood)  Key symptoms o Law breaking behavior o Impulsive behavior o Physical Fights o Stealing/lying o Breaking and entering  Very rare disorder (around 1% of the population)  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)  Marked by unstable moods, behavior and relationships with others  Symptoms o Problems regulating emotions and thoughts  Move from different extreme moods quickly o Impulsive or reckless behavior  Instability of behaviors o Unstable relationships with other people  Comorbidity with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal behaviors and completed suicides  Do care about other people, but they can’t keep relationships stable (frequent fluctuations)  1-2% of the population o Schizophrenia  One of the most sever/tragic disorders  Severe disorder of thought and emotion associated with a loss of contact with reality  Symptoms  Disturbances in attention (trouble with working memory, thinking)  Disturbances in thinking  Disturbances in language (sometimes jumble their words  Disturbances in emotions  Disturbances in maintaining relations (these problems lead to difficulty holding relationships)  Delusions: Strongly held, fixed belief with no basis on reality  Super hard to convince these people that what they believe is not based on reality  Hallucinations: sensory perceptions that occur in the absence of external stimuli  There are no external stimuli in the environment, but people still experience perceptions  Less than 1% of the population Psychology Chapter 16: Psychological and Biological Treatments Psychotherapy  “Talk therapy”  A psychological intervention designed to help people resolve emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems and improve their quality of lives  Over 500 “brands” of psychotherapy o People who research psychotherapy try to figure out which forms are the most effective Insight Therapies  Psychotherapies where the goal is to expand awareness or insight  Encompasses o Psychodynamic Therapy  (Freud is the father of psychoanalysis)  Psychodynamic therapy is an “offshoot” of psychoanalysis  Causes of abnormal behaviors stem from traumatic or adverse childhood experiences  Childhood trauma manifests itself in a form of depression in adulthood  Therapists focus on analysis  Avoided thoughts and feelings  Wishes and fantasies  Significant past events  Therapists believe that when clients achieve insight into unconscious material, the causes and significance of symptoms become evident  This will lead to a reduction of symptoms  This is not very favorable anymore (Europe and New York primarily) o Humanistic Psychotherapy  Therapies that share an emphasis on the  Development of human potential o Helps people become their true selves/ realize their potential o Belief that human nature is basically positive  People have a good human nature  Stress the importance of assuming responsibility for our lives and living in the present  Two forms  Person centered therapy o Developed by Carl Rogers o Centers the client’s goals and ways of solving problems  Clients instead of patients o When people seek therapy, they are not seeking a cure for a disorder, they are seeking help with the symptoms because they want to feel good again o Client-focused: Client would say these are my problems and these are my goals  Therapy is shaped by client, not therapist o To ensure a positive outcome, the therapist must  Be authentic and genuine  Express unconditional positive regard (total acceptance)  Show emphatic understanding  The therapist does not focus on listening with a goal of shaping the therapy session  Focuses on listening empathetically to the client  Another we don’t have to know o Group approaches  Family therapies  Most psychological problems are rooted in dysfunctional families  Goal: to address and fix maladaptive behaviors of the family  Strategic Family Interventions o Designed to remove barriers to effective communication o Identify the maladaptive behaviors and target them  Therapist will give the family “tasks” to complete between sessions  Structural Family Therapy o The therapist immerses herself in the family in order to make changes o The family is instructed to try and act as they normally would Behavior Therapies  Believe focusing on insight is not enough o Just because people are aware of something, it does not mean it will lead to a change in behavior  Key assumption: maladaptive behaviors must be directly confronted o Merely increasing self-awareness is not enough o Maladaptive behaviors Maladaptive thoughts  Draw a lot from conditioning and use counter-conditioning techniques o If someone has been conditioned towards a behavior, you want to condition against that behavior o Exposure Therapies  Systematic Desensitization: Carefully controlled, gradual exposure to anxiety-provoking stimuli  Example: Phobic Disorder treatment  Begins with relaxation training o You can’t be anxious if you are relaxed  Establish an “anxiety hierarchy”  The client is gradually exposed to the feared item o They progress to the next stage once the first stage no longer causes anxiety o Aversive Conditioning  Creating an aversive response where the absence of one is causing problems  Ex: Wild animals raised in captivity need to be conditioned to be afraid of dangerous animals/ situations  Ex: When people have alcohol disuse disorder, they are prescribed a medication that will give them very bad negative side effects when consumed with alcohol Cognitive Therapies  Assumption: our cognitive assessment of events is often the source of our distress o Target maladaptive thoughts in order to decrease maladaptive behaviors o Ex: Depressogenic Thinking (catastrophic thinking)  “I’m never going to get better”  “Everyone else is happier than me” o Cognitive- Behavior Therapy  Targets maladaptive thoughts, behaviors and emotions  Maladaptive thoughts and maladaptive behaviors are bad  CB therapists encourage clients to  Purge irrational negative thinking (cognitive component)  Behave in “mood-incongruent” ways o Behavioral activation: “Get out there and participate In reinforcing activities!” Selecting the Best Therapy  Depends on the diagnosis! o Diagnosis-based therapy  The therapist will treat/ analyze based on your diagnosis  Treatment of Major Depression o Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy  Target their maladaptive thinking (catastrophic thinking) and engage them in mood-incongruent behavior o Interpersonal psychotherapy  Works with people to help change relationships o Antidepressant medication  Treatment of anxiety disorders o Cognitive-Behavior Therapy o Exposure Therapies help with most anxiety disorders except GAD o Antianxiety medication Psychopharmacotherapy  Use of pharmaceutical medications to treat physiological disorders o Ex: Treating schizophrenia with medication is very effective  Works by altering people’s brain chemistry  Ineffective if people don’t take them  Should be used in combination with psychotherapy/ talk therapies  Antianxiety medication (Xanax, Ativan) o Reduces central nervous system activity o Combination with alcohol is dangerous o Potential for dependence especially when people take them more frequently than prescribed  Antidepressant medication (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil) o Boosts the availability of neurotransmitters that elevate arousal and mood o Some effects are due to the placebo effect


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