PSYC 2011.11 Day 1 Notes - 9/1/15
PSYC 2011.11 Day 1 Notes - 9/1/15 PSYC 2011
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NOTES TUESDAY 9115 Reading for this week Chapter 1 History Chapter 2 Research Methods Criteria for Abnormal Behavior 1 Suffering Suffering by a depressed or grieving personpatient 2 Maladaptive behavior Dif culty adapting or adjusting to different or new situations 3 Irrationality and incomprehensibility Irrational thoughts fears behaviors Common in thought disorders schizophrenia For example one might think that their organs are rotting or that they have a terrible smell When speaking they may go from one topic to another 4 Unpredictability and loss of control Characterized by sudden outbursts unprovoked anger 5 Vividness and unconventionality Constantly changing conventionality is relative A behavior may seem uncommon or unconventional to someone else The person themself may consider their behavior to be normal 6 Observer discomfort The actionsbehavior make other people the observer uncomfortable For example masturbating in public 7 Violation of standards Failing to behave in certain ways For example being too shy Abnormality is a social judgment Normality is the absence of abnormality like peace is the absence of war People used to be locked up in mental institutions because they were political dissidents Diagnosis of mental illness comes through the criteria set forth in the DSMS DSMS Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Very expensive over 950 pages Before the most recent edition numbers were in Roman numeral form changed to make it easier to revise ie DSM5l instead of DSMIV R revised Medical students clinical psych students purchase this Positive aspects of living are good for mental health Having a good attitude Having a few longrange goals Being autonomous Having an accurate grasp of reality Being able to maintain relationships Being respectful genuine and empathetic Abnormal behavior viewed as the result of disease Separation of the mindbrain There is a disconnect between the two they re two different things A lot of abnormal behavior comes from a failure to adapt There is a balance of what people want versus what society wants How well we adapt depends first on our personal characteristics and the nature of the situation that confronts us Describing behavior as maladaptive means that a problem exists May be prescribed a drug A lot depends on the environment and the stress of the environment For example some cases of alcoholism may be inherited but it depends on whether or not your environment causes it to be brought forth