UIUC PSYC 238 - Unit 1 - What is Abnormal (40 pages)

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Unit 1 - What is Abnormal

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University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign
Course:
Psyc 238 - Abnormal Psych

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Examples and Definitions of Abnormal Behavior UNIT ONE Examples and Definitions of Abnormal Behavior Defining abnormal behavior mental illness disorder DSM 5 definition of mental disorder The role of culture Epidemiology What is Psychopathology It depends In Practice Clinicians in practice traditionally Assess Diagnose Intervention This Course Multiple Viewpoints Differing Viewpoints Problems in Living Sullivan Szasz Harmful Dysfunction Wakefield 4D s DSM Psychopathology Biopsychosocial Dominance of Categories History History of DSM Medical Model Disorder Categories Reliability Validity Stigma Current tension dimensional vs categorical viewpoint Why Psychopathology Problems in Living Course used to be called abnormal psychology Many courses at other Universities still called Abnormal Psychology required course Presumptive Too narrow What is abnormal There is no consensus Leaning towards dimensional viewpoint What is Mental Illness Mental illness is a natural concept in which the boundaries we define that separate category members from non category members are fuzzy NORMAL ABNORMAL Hard to cut nature at its joints What is Mental Illness Some examples are more clear blue jay Others are less clear ostrich Therefore disagreement regarding whether certain behavioral patterns constitute disorders NORMAL ABNORMAL What is Mental Illness Why is it so hard to define mental illness relative to other illnesses disorders No laboratory tests that can be used to definitively confirm the presence of psychopathology because the processes that are responsible for mental disorders have not yet been discovered Ongoing debate about what the definition of mental illness is What is Mental Illness Thomas Szasz 1960 myth of mental illness Mental illness just a convenient label for behavior that either society or the individual in question finds unwanted or unpleasant Abnormal behavior is a social phenomenon and may be a perfectly normal response to an abnormal environment What is Mental



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