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Abnormal Psychology

Intro notes for abnormal psych unit.

Heather Kilgallon

on 19 April 2012

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Transcript of Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology
Ms. Kilgallon
Learning Targets

1. Define abnormal psychology.

2. Identify the criteria psychologists use to diagnose psychological disorders.

3. Explain symptoms/causes of major mental disorders. (Mood, anxiety, somatoform, dissociative schizophrenia, personality, brain-disorders)
A psychological disorder is a harmful dysfunction in which behaviors are maladaptive, unjustifiable, disturbing & atypical.
Maladaptive Behavior- destructive behaviors towards oneself or others.
Unjustifiable Behavior- Without rational basis
Disturbing Behavior- troublesome to other people
Atypical Behavior- so different that it violates a norm
Examples of Psychological Disorders:
Anxiety Disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder

If Dr. Awesome was seeing a patient, how would they use the DSM-IV?
1. Be mindful & respectful of psychological
2. Just because you are in psychology class,
does not mean you can diagnose anyone.
1.Diagnostic Criteria-need to meet MOST of criteria
2. Specific Culture & Gender features
3. Prevalence/Course
4. Familial Pattern
5. Differential Diagnosis (what is it similar to?)
6. Treatments
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