Defining Normal and Abnormal Behavior

I would like the entire class to identify behaviors that you consider “normal” and “abnormal.”  Please post a response to this message that includes at least three “normal” and three “abnormal” behaviors and the reasoning for your classifications What is normal? Is it majority rules, is it subjective, is it relative; or is normality dictated... Continue Reading →

Suicide Rates by Age Group

Respond to the following based on the information in the “Suicide Rates by Age Group” article: What has been the trend in suicide rates over the past few years? Surprisingly, in the past few years, suicide rates have declined to the point that suicide is not even considered one of the top causes of death... 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 →

Difference Between Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

In the United States, some form of depression affects upwards of 10 percent of the population in any given year; whereas, only about 1 percent of adults worldwide are affected by bipolar disorders in the same timeframe (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). Unipolar depression and bipolar disorder affect people from all socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds,... Continue Reading →

Psychiatric Disorders, Diseases, and Drugs

The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the United States is at a level that demands greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in the disorders and the drugs commonly concerned in treatment. Consequently, about 1% of the general population is affected by schizophrenia, 6% for depression, .07% of children develop Tourette syndrome, and about 25% of... Continue Reading →

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