Foundations of Psychology Paper

Psychology has taken many turns over time, from its beginnings in philosophy to the current study of biopsychology. Psychology has been, at its worst, an investigation of the murky waters of mysticism and, at its best, the study of how the physical brain interacts with the metaphysical mind. As currently defined, psychology is, “…the scientific... Continue Reading →

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Stress Disorders

Stress can be the root cause of psychological disorders. Name four symptoms shared by acute and post-traumatic stress disorders.Four symptoms that both post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and acute stress disorders (ASD) have in common are re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoidance, reduced responsiveness; and increased arousal, anxiety, and guilt (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). Ways in which... Continue Reading →

Models of Abnormality

Psychologists use several different models to explain abnormal behavior. These different models have created shifts in values and beliefs as well as improvements in clinical research. These differences in ideas mean that the different models are sometimes in conflict with one another. People who follow one model often point out where another model fails in... Continue Reading →

Diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder

Marla is a 42-year-old Hispanic female who comes to the mental health clinic complaining of trouble sleeping, feeling "jumpy all of the time," and an inability to concentrate. These symptoms are causing problems for her at work, where she is an accountant. Marla’s symptoms are consistent with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, specifically bipolar II... Continue Reading →

How Are Anxiety Disorders Viewed by Various Perspectives

Post your response to the following: Surveys suggest that up to 4% of the U.S. population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. How are anxiety disorders viewed by various psychological perspectives such as psychodynamic, biological, cognitive, and humanistic? With which perspective do you most agree? With which do you least agree? Explain your answers. The psychodynamic... Continue Reading →

Approaches to Psychotherapy

Biomedical and psychotherapy are two basic approaches to treating psychological disorders. A number of approaches fall under the category of psychotherapy, but they all include the following four essential characteristics: Systematic interaction between a client and a therapistBased on psychological theory and researchInfluences a client’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviorUsed in treating disorders, adjustment problems, and... Continue Reading →

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