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PSYC 435 Abnormal Psychology Notes PART ONE CHAPTER 1 - 17 STUDY GUIDE

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Unit 1: A. Discuss common topics and issues relevant to Abnormal Psychology.  drug or alcohol problem, a suicide, an eating disorders, or psychological difficulty, addiction  problems with d... epression, schizophrenia, postpartum difficulties, eating disorders, depression  questions that will enable us to help patients and families w/ mental disorders  heart of a research-based approach that looks to use scientific inquiry and careful observation to understand abnormal psychology B. Explain why we need to classify mental disorders.  Because all classifications play a roll on their own but can also be connected. One example could be considered a mental disorder but in a different context could be normal  To have a common language between clinicians and bc culture shifts over time/these disorders may change or no longer be considered as disorders  Most sciences rely on classification - provide us with a nomenclature (a naming system) common language and shorthand terms for complex clinical conditions  Structure - classification systems typically place diagnoses commonalities (panic disorder, specific phobia, and agoraphobia = fear anxiety based)  Classification facilitates research, which gives us more information and facilitates greater understanding.  Classify which types of psychological difficulties warrant insurance reimbursement and the extent of such reimbursement. C. Explain the DSM definition of mental disorders.  DSM: accepted standard for defining various types of mental disorders - descriptions, lists of symptoms to diagnose mental disorders. Provides clinicians with specific diagnostic criteria for each disorder.  A common language so specific diagnosis means the same thing to everyone.  descriptive info on the type and number of symptoms needed for each diagnosis helps ensure diagnostic accuracy and consistency (reliability). Help w/treatment D. Identify how culture can influence the definition of Abnormal Psychology.  Different values amongst cultures differences between what is considered normal or abnormal  Public etiquette, standards of health and safety, religious or societal differences E. Types of people who help with Therapy  People with mental disorders do seek help, they are often treated by their family physician rather than by a mental health specialist  Psychiatrist may prescribe medications and monitor the patient for side effects. [Show More]

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