UMass Amherst PSYCH 380 - Psych 380 Exam 1 Study Guide (5 pages)

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Psych 380 Exam 1 Study Guide

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Psych 380 - Abnormal Psychology

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Psych 380 Exam 1 Study Guide Abnormal psychology is the scientific study of abnormal behavior in an effort to describe predict explain and change abnormal patterns of functioning Mental disorder is a mental or bodily condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality mind and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological functioning of the individual Four D s o Deviance from behavior thoughts and emotions that differ largely from a society s ideas about proper functioning from social norms judgements of abnormality vary from society to society as norms grow from a particular culture also depend on specific circumstances Ex marathon runners difference between loving to run vs wanting to lose weight trying to fit an ideal o Distress according to many clinical theorists behavior ideas or emotions usually have to cause distress before they can be labeled abnormal Ex man is miserable finds it painful to go to work feels empty no joy this is showing distress Ex man has never experienced happiness but is okay with it this isn t getting in the way of his life he has a good job has a few relationships enjoys working is okay with his life NO distress o Dysfunction abnormal behavior tends to be dysfunctional it interferes with daily functioning culture plays a role o Danger abnormal behavior may come dangerous to oneself or others Ex man who has never been happy shows no danger to himself or anyone else Ex man who is distressed about never being happy shows some suicidal thoughts he is a danger to himself Treatment or therapy is a procedure designed to change abnormal behavior to more normal behavior treatment is anything put in place to help this person with this condition 3 essential features of all forms of therapy o 1 Patient who seeks help o 2 Trained healer o 3 Series of contacts between patient and healer through which the healer tries to produce certain changes in the patient s emotional state attitudes and behavior Clinical treatment is



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