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Week 5
DQ 3 What are the benefits of using diagnostic labels to identify and describe abnormal
behavior? What are the risks of using diagnostic labels to identify and describe
abnormal behavior?
There are several things that diagnosis can help with, for example if some one is truly
too ill to work and take care of themselves then the proper diagnosis can help this
person get the benefits and help they need to have the best life possible. This also
helps Doctors know what is going on. A diagnosis is a lot easier to transfer from place to
place then a whole medical history (take it from some one in the military, They can not
keep anything from getting lost for months or years). Another thing that is a new benefit
to a solid diagnosis is the people involved be it family members or the person
themselves can use the internet and books on the subject to better understand what is
going on. Often when doctors tell a person something it does not really sink in because
it is communicated in Doctorieze, meaning it is all but impossible for someone other
then another doctor to understand in detail. Granted a lot of the information on the
internet is subjective, but it gives the person a place to start looking for answers to
questions they do not even know they need to ask. On the other hand there are several
things that can go wrong with diagnosis and labeling of a person. The first of these is
the possibility of the label being wrong. Psychology is subject to interpretation of the
evidence and often leads people to different diagnosis. this means that person may be
treated for something that is not a problem leading to there not being a lot of success,
this leads to problems that can make the person stop looking for answers all together,
the second issue with a label is discrimination, there are still those bone headed people
out there who think that a mental illness automatically is a death sentence and refuses
to work with the person or there are those who still think these things are contagious.
Needless to say these people need to try reading a book instead of coasting through life
with a brain the size of a walnut, but this shows that there is a few people out there
whom can make life difficult for people with labels. the final thing that I can think of as
being an issue with labels is the fact that some people get these labels and use them as
a "crutch" to not have to try and function in life. I for example was labled one time with
borderline personality disorder. This used to be a mental health death sentence and as
a result I have found that it is hard to get people to understand that I am not crazy just a
little different in the wiring department. Basically I have to work harder then most people
to function, but I am functioning and I have not turned into the mass killer that everyone
thought I would be. For example my father refused to teach me to drive a car because
he believed that I would get mad at some one and kill them with my car. I kept trying to
tell him that there are cheaper and easier ways to kill someone but I guess he did not
get the joke. Ironically I have become the opposite of what everyone thought I would be,
I am a Passavist and do not like fighting or violence of any kind (I am too lazy to fight or

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even bother getting more then mildly angry at anything or anyone). Now I will admit
there have been times when I have gotten into fights and a I admit that I punched a wall
instead of a person from time to time, but this is because I have fought hard to learn
what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to my anger, I do have a lot of work
that needs to be done before I am "normal" but this shows that a label can help or hurt
a person. I could have given up and stayed in a ward or could have let things get to a
point where I ended up in prison but I chose to work on a better understanding of how
my brain works and find ways to make it work better, Now if I could just find a therapist
who can actually teach me to act the right way instead of saying "well how do you think
you should act" If I knew that I would not need to ask the question, duh. Oh well such is
life, time to kiss the gecko and move on (my pet gecko, Goober sits on my laptop when
I work, hehehe).
Response 2
I believe that it is beneficial to use diagnostic labels to identify and describe abnormal
behavior in order to segregate the different classifications. Once broken down into
different categories and descriptions, the evaluation and overall treatment can become
more focused on its core issues rather than a broad less specific definition. These
categories also leaves an opening for division of work, meaning that individuals
studying abnormal behavior can adjust there sights on the specific type of category they
wish to treat and discover. The risks however, include generalization and rough levels of
norms. Yes a vast and descriptive set of classifications is a positive aspect, but too
many can lead to unnecessary resources being used and/or wasted. Condensing down
to specific symptoms and alterations of normal behavior to better identify them might
end up more successful. Another major con of the diagnostic labels is common
treatment gone wrong. A professional might come across the same situation or mishap
as they had before and they might think to themselves that the same treatment that was
given to a patient prior to the current one should and would be the same solution for the
current patient because of the category of which they both fall under, yet this may very
well not be the case. There are both pros and cons to the utilization of diagnostics
Response 3
Some psychologists argue that diagnostic labels turns people into "patients" and label
them as crazy and any of their actions as crazy even if they have been misdiagnosed.
Society also discriminates against people that are considered crazy. Also, patients that
have been misdiagnosed with a disorder like schizophrenia begin to believe they are
sick and begin taking on the personality of someone with schizophrenia. This is called

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self-fulfilling prophecy. Nobody is completely normal and everyone has some quirks
that may be considered crazy. Our readings gave an example of an experiment where
someone was calling about an apartment to rent and was told it was available. Then
when the caller explained they were being released from a mental institution they were
told the apartment was not available. However, a subsequent caller was told the
apartment was still available.
While there are risks associated with diagnostic labels, there are also benefits. In order
to treat patients with mental disorders, we have to understand and distinguish those
who have a mental disorder and those that do not. Many mental disorders are
recognized cross culturally. With treatment, those with mental disorders can be treated
and most can live and function in day-to-day life.
Response 4
I think that when you begin to distinguish between abnormal and normal, you are faced
with making generalizations that often are based on bias and stereotypes. Each and
every person is built differently and what is a normal behavior for me may be an
abnormal behavior for someone else. Of course in the two previous statements I am
assuming that we are talking about two people who do not face some kind of
psychological disorder. Once you introduce a disorder into the discussion it changes
what is normal and what is not normal. For example, a person with multiple
personalities would be showing signs that are not normal because they are exhibiting
multiple behaviors from one individual. The introduction of disorders is the
distinguishing factor between normal and abnormal. As long as you are discussing two
people without disorders, then differences in behavior are simply personality or cultural
differences. I think that there are several similarities between social and abnormal
psychology, because you can look at how people act and react during certain
situations. In abnormal psychology you might be examining how a schizophrenic would
respond versus in social psychology you might be looking at how a person with no
psychological disorders would respond to the same situation.

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