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Psychology 127 B, Week 1

by: Airy Itzel Ramirez-Zuniga

Psychology 127 B, Week 1 Psych 133F

Airy Itzel Ramirez-Zuniga
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Biological Bases - first lecture of the quarter (a brief intro)
Psychology and Education
Karen Givvin
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disorders, Psychology, psychological disorders, Biological Bases




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Date Created: 10/05/16
Lecture 1: Biological Bases Sunday, September 25, 2016 10:56 PM How can we differentiate "normal" and "abnormal" behavior, thoughts, or feelings?  Everyone is different so how do you know where to draw a lone from when someone is healthy or someone has an illness. What is a psychological Disorder  Its not so easy to figure out o No single definition of psychological abnormality o No single definition of psychological normality o There is no one definition, no one test  Accepted DSM-5 definition: o Disturbances in cognition, emotion regulation, or behavioral  Reflects psychological, developmental or biological dysfunction o Unexpected in culture context, outside cultural norms o Personal distress and/or substantial impairment in functioning  Impairment set in context of a person's background and culture o Socially deviant behavior (e.g. political, sexual, etc.) & conflicts between individuals & society are not mental disorders unless it results in individual dysfunction (new in DSM-5)  Behavior different to society or that deviates from society doesn’t necessarily mean illness. More than 25% if American adults every year suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.  This is a very big number  Very few people are talking about mental illness but many people are going through this. Myths about mental illness:  Mental health conditions are uncommon. o They are just uncommon for people to talk about  Mental illness is the result of bad parenting.   Mental illness is caused by personal weakness.   People with mental illness can’t handle work or school.  People with mental health conditions are violent and dangerous. o This is a dangerous thought and it mostly comes from the  media o People with mental illness are much more likely to be the  victims than the actual perpetrators. o This causes a lot of stigma   Psychiatric disorders are not real medical issues.  You can never get better from a mental illness. o This is not always the case  People with mental illnesses should be kept in institutions. o Instead of getting to b part of society is not the case anymore  People with mental illness are “damaged” and different. o There are differences but they are still worthy of respect What is stigma?:  a negative or unfavorable attitude towards a group of people based  on a trait that sets someone apart as different from others  Stigma over mental illnesses marks an entire group of people as  socially different, unacceptable or undesirable; this belief leads to discrimination.  This is how we get discrimination: pulling people apart for being  different and saying those differences are bad. What are examples of stigma?  Friends and family might not understand what the person is going  through and may be reluctant to tell others about their diagnosis  At school, peers may be cruel or bully someone simply who they see  as different  The media often sensationalizes mental illness and portrays people  with mental illnesses as violent, pathetic, or amusing  At work an individual may be passed over for promotion or socially  isolated from coworkers    Many people with mental illness say that the stigma associated with  their disorder is often as hard (if not harder) to deal with than the symptoms of their illness.  They often feel judged, embarrassed, shamed and hated by others.   how can YOU help reduce stigma?  Educate yourself and others about mental health  You’re doing this already! Now help others to understand.   Talk openly about mental health, the way you talk about physical  health  Watch your words  Many slurs are socially unacceptable, but “crazy”, “psycho”, “lunatic”  etc are still used   See the person not the illness   Use person based language­ “person with schizophrenia” not “a  schizophrenic” o Their problem is not them!  Show empathy, compassion, and respect for people living with  mental health conditions.


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