Understanding & Living with Schizophrenia
Rebecca J. Purdy
Psych 321 IM Abnormal Psychology
Schizophrenia is one of the most severe life altering mental disorders in respect of individuals functioning independently and within society norms. This...
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by a combination of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Symptoms may include repetitive hand-washing; extensive...
Psychological disorders, also known as mental disorders, are patterns of behavioral or psychological symptoms that impact multiple areas of life. These disorders create distress for the person experiencing these symptoms. The following list of psychological disorders includes the major categories of...
Bipolar disorder is a disease also called manic depression is a medical condition that produces psychological troubles to such an extent that functioning on a daily basis is held back by the symptoms. The most well known and important symptoms include severe mood swings known as depression...
Borderline personality disorder
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER is a chronic psychiatric disorder characterized by marked impulsivity, instability of mood and interpersonal relationships, and suicidal behavior that can complicate medical care. Identifying this diagnosis is important for treatment...
biophysical factors and traumatic situations may cause anxiety disorders. Neurotransmitters of the central nervous system like norepinephrine and serotonin, peptides like corticotropin-releasing factor are the major mediators for the cause of anxiety disorder.
Low levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter...
sections: Chapter Outlines, Learning Objectives, Key Terms, Active Learning Exercises, Chapter Overview, Self-Tests, and Answers. These seven sections are explained and identified throughout each chapter with the following boxes and icons:
OUTLINE (Survey & Question) This outline is intended to help...
(Students work in a variety of areas, including psychiatry,)
Psychosis- A psychiatric disorder that grossly distorts a person’s thinking and behavior making it difficult to recognize reality cope with life. Schizophrenia, bi-polar affectivedisorder and organic brain disorder are the...
phenomenology List common abnormal phenomena seen in psychiatry Describe how psychiatric disorders are classified
Overview of session
• Why bother? • Psychopathology: – Phenomenology – Pathology of perception – Disorders of the Thinking process – Delusions and overvalued ideas – First Rank Symptoms...
Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder; or asrecurrent depression in the case of repeated episodes) is a mental disorderﾧ characterized by a pervasive and persistent low moodﾧ that is accompanied by low self-esteemﾧ...
This article reviews the major forms of violence against women, including sexual
assault, intimate-relationship violence, and stalking and outlines the known psychological effects of such victimization. Also discussed are a number of variables that
combine to determine the effects of such victimization...
evidence that adaptation to stress can occur, but this doesn't appear to happen in more severe cases such as the caretakers of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
A 40-year-old man develops depressed mood, anhedonia, initial and terminal insomnia, loss of appetite, a 10-lb weight loss, and difficulty...
Chapter 13: developmental, Childhood, and Cognitive Disorders
perspectives on DEvelopmental Disorders
Normal vs. abnormal Development
Study of how disorders arise and change with time
Childhood is associated with significant developmental changes
Disruption of early...
Chapter 15 Treatment of Psychological Disorders
* Disorders cause personal costs to daily life, interference in abilities; Social burdens affect family life, maintenance of friendships, violence may play a role; financial costs including treatment and diminished productivity
Why People Cannot...
Psychological Disorders; Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Lectures by Dr. William Grove, Weiten chapters 14 & 15
Topic 1: Conceptualizing Abnormal behavior
1. Describe and evaluate the medical model of abnormal behavior.
Medical Model: Proposes that it is useful to think...
Alarm- hypersensitive, something’s not right
Resistance- I should fight this stress
Exhaustion-emotional or physical
Serotonin plays role in mood
Main neurotransmitter implicated in depression
Factors that affect stress response
Perception, spirituality, social relationships, etc
Means abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality". Psychosis is given to the more severe forms of psychiatric disorder, during which hallucinations and delusions and impaired insight may...
studies – a research method that involves only observing and noting the behavior of people or other animals to provide a systematic and objective analysis of the behavior.
Ex. Taking notes on the kinds of food people eat in cafeterias.
Naturalistic observation – a descriptive study in which the researcher...
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
There is no single cause for bipolar disorder. Indeed, like all psychological disorders, bipolar disorder is a complex condition with multiple contributing factors, including:
Genetic: Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, so researchers believe...