Abnormal Psychology

Thomas Szasz mental illness is a myth; any deviant or abnormal behavior is a response or function of problems within society. in order to better control the public/deter people from behaviors which threaten the natural social order, society created the concept of mental illness animism belief in the supernatural or Read more…

Abnormal Psychology Terms <3

classification assignment of objects or people to categories on the basis of shared characteristics DSM IV-R diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. made to be descriptive, to provide clear diagnostic categories, symptoms, etc generalized anxiety disorder GAD an anxiety disorder in which a person is continually tense, apprehensive, and Read more…

Abnormal Psychology Kring Ch 1

Anal Stage In psychoanalytic theory, the second psychosexual stage, which occurs during the second year of life when the anus is considered the principle erogenous zone. Analytical Psychology A variation of Freud’s psychoanalysis introduced by Carl Jung, focusing less on biological drives and more on factors such as self-fulfilment, the Read more…

Abnormal Psychology Chapter 2-3

Multidimentional biological (genetics, neuroscience) psychological (behavior, cognitive) emotional influences social/interpersonal factors developmental factors Diathesis-Stress model Diathesis: predisposition/vulnerability Stress: environmental stressors Development of the Disorder: The stronger the diathesis, the less stress is necessary to produce the disorder (inherited predisposition to develop the disorder + prenatal trauma, childhood/sexual/physical abuse, family conflict, Read more…

Abnormal Psychology- Schizophrenia

schizophrenia studied pattern most studies and most understood of Mental Illness psychosis as a symptom used as a term stating when a person doesn’t have an accurate view of reality thought disorder as a symptom thinking becomes chaotic, difficulty with communication, adjation (hyperactive or sluggish), inappropriate emotion positive symptoms of Read more…

Psych 111 (Abnormal Psychology)

The 3 models that are used by psychologists to understand mental disorders. Medical, behavioral, and sociocultural model. Medical Model Sigmund Freud, Look at mental disorders like illnesses—”mental illness” Behavioral Model Behaviorists like Skinner say mental disorders are a result of maladaptive learning. – Behaviorists believe that everything is learned so Read more…

Abnormal Psychology (Chapters 1-7)

Genes the hardware of a computer system Epigenetics, Software/program that’s designed to do something (it is dependent on the hardware though) Diathesis Vulnerability/predisposition Norepinephrine (Noradrenaline) Stress hormone Serotonin • Behavior, moods, thought processes (low = more risk for impulsivity) • Low— it’s concentration issues and energy, high anxiety, and depression Read more…

Abnormal Psychology Midterm 1

mental hygiene movement movement to treat mental patients more humanely and to view mental disorders as medical diseases psychopathology symptoms that cause mental, emotional, and/or physical pain continuum model of abnormality model of abnormality that views mental disorders not as categorically different from “normal” experiences but as lying somewhere along Read more…

lecture: abnormal psychology 4Ds, models

komer’s definition abnormal psychology is the field devoted to the scientific study of abnormal behavior in order to describe, predict, explain, and change abnormal patterns of functioning 4Ds dysfunction danger deviance distress deviance -differences, unusual, extreme, bizarre -experiencing deviance from behaviors (typical emotions and thoughts) -from social norms norms stated, Read more…

Essentials of Abnormal Psychology, chapter 8

bulimia nervosa An eating disorder involving recurrent episodes of uncontrolled excessive (binge) eating followed by compensatory actions to remove the food (for example, deliberate vomiting, laxative abuse, and excessive exercise). binge A relatively brief episode of uncontrolled, excessive consumption, usually of food or alcohol. anorexia nervosa An eating disorder characterized Read more…

Abnormal Psychology Ch.6

anxiety general feeling of apprehension about future danger three components 1. physiological: tension 2. cognitive: negative thoughts 3. behavioural: avoidance fear alarm reaction that occurs in response to immediate danger obsessions persistent and highly recurrent intrusive thoughts or images that are experienced as disturbing and inappropriate compulsions repetitive behaviours that Read more…