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Abnormal Psychology 3210 Week 1 Lecture Notes

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Abnormal Psychology 3210 Week 1 Lecture Notes PSY 3210

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These notes cover material discussed in class from the first week. in chapter 1. Much of the material is what will be on exam one.
Abnormal Psychology
Earl, Heath
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Psychology, abnormal psych, 3210, humors, divergent




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Date Created: 09/03/16
Abnormal Psychology Week 1 Lecture Notes: CHAPTER 1 What is “normal?” It’s practically impossible to describe a catch­all definition for “normal”  human behavior. Because of this, “abnormal” is also hard to pin down.  Society and local culture attempt to decide what normal verses abnormal is. This can vary wildly. What may be seen as an impairment in one situation (such as having seizures and  hearing voices) may be seen as a gift or otherworldly power in another. The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has grown in content with  each publication. The 4 Ds – help describe mental health professionals criteria for diagnosing possible mental  illness. The more Ds you exhibit, the easier it is to diagnose. Dysfunction – interfere with functioning of life, such as daily tasks, forming  relationships, and working at a job. eg having the OCD tendency of handwashing for hours after  using the bathroom. Danger – danger to themselves or others. eg suicidal or cutting themselves, having urges  to crash their car into oncoming traffic. Deviant – “moving away” from normal behavior of that place and time. eg constant  lying, mad scientists, deviant sexual behavior, illegal behavior Distress – feelings or behaviors that create distress in you or others around you Reify/Reification – verb. To make into a thing; make real or material. eg ADD and ADHD today. The disorder has become popularized in Western culture, and  in many “diagnosed” cases of it the person doesn’t really have the disorder. They just  have a lot of energy at some times, or have a hard time concentrating occasionally, and  yet the disorder is so popular they are given the label, and often treated for one of the  disorders.  Thomas Szasz – thought the whole idea of mental illness was a myth and lie. According to him,  “abnormal” behavior in society is just “problems in living.”  Top 2 most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses today: 1. Depression 2. Anxiety HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS Spiritually and Mysticism –  Time: beginning of human history till now Etiology (cause): evil spirits or demons inside the person Treatment: events that make the host human body uninhabitable for the spirit or coax it  out. 2 main forms 1. Exorcism – process to excise the spirit. Can be anything from sprinkling holy  water, to praying over them, to drinking bitter drinks, to torturing the vessel 2. Trephination – process to cut away part of the skull, allowing the spirit to  exit the human host. Major cause death in trephination – infection Ancient Greeks and Romans – included Plato and Aristotle Thought psychology and philosophy were tied together still. Thought illness had natural  causes, such as too much blood Time: 500 BC­500 AD Etiology: imbalance of humors, or fluids in body. 4 humors were: 1. Yellow bile 2. Black bile 3. Blood 4. phlegm Treatments: Music, massage, exercise, good food, fresh air, conversation, celibacy,  bleeding


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