Introductory Psychology - Abnormal notes

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Detailed notes on abnormal psych from college level Introductory psychology course. Great for any college level psychology course as well as AP Psychology. Part 12/13 of collection of notes from course.

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ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGYPsychopathology Psychological disordersI. Approaches to Understanding Abnormal BehaviorA. Statistical Approach difficult because has nothing to do with good or bad?B. Sociological Approach looks at the culture and recognizes what is normal in one culture isn't in another cultureC. Psychoanalytical Approach Freudians, fear of snakes might really be fear of something else, etc. D. Behavioral Approach easier to counter train something than to change childhood experiences E. Cognitive Approach thinking causing your problems, etc. F. Biological Approach **G. Interactionist Approach most psychologists take this approach?problems stem from many different things (biological, behavioral, sociological, etc.) II. Diagnosing Psychological DisordersDSM-II (Neurotic and Psychotic) divided into neurotic (produce unbearable amounts of anxiety, ex. Obsession, OCD, etc.) or psychotic (more severe, schizophrenia, living in another world, different take on reality, delusions and/or hallucinations) disorders DSM-IV (Five Axis system)Axis 1: clinical disordersAxis 2: personality disorders, mental retardation, learning disordersAxis 3: General Medical Conditions (do they have other problems along with their psychological disorder?) Axis 4: Psychosocial and environmental problems (does this person have a family to support them) Axis 5: global assessment of functioning (scored on 100 pt scale. 1 is super dangerous fo

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