Classifying Mental Disorders Into Types

What are the advantages and disadvantages of classifying mental disorders into “types” and maintaining such for clinical reference? Explain your answer. Well, one of the main disadvantages to classifying mental disorders is that they sometimes become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some of the classifications, such as schizophrenia, cover a broad range of symptoms and dysfunctions. In fact,... Continue Reading →

Abnormal Psychology and Therapy

The diagnosis, treatment, and eventual recovery from psychological disorders are the main focuses of psychology, in general. Even though psychology has branched off, as of late, into positive psychology and the humanistic perspectives, the field is heavily rooted in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Furthermore, fundamental to the understanding of psychological disorders is... Continue Reading →

Mind Over Matter

What is the difference between mental illness and insanity? (Hint: What is the important second prong of the McNaughten rule?) The difference between mental illness and insanity seems to center on the ability to distinguish between right and wrong (Gibeaut, 2006). Furthermore, a plea of incompetent to stand trial includes the requirement that a defendant,... Continue Reading →

DSM-IV Evaluation of Case Studies

Case Study 1 (Schizoid Personality Disorder) Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is characterized by a lack of emotional response, social relationships, and sexual interest. The causes of this personality disorder fall entirely in the realm of the environment, rather than any genetic or biologic considerations. The psychodynamic approach theorizes that an unaccepting or abusive parent-child relationship... 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 →

Psychological Disorders Presentation

Slide 1 Psychological disorders are characterized as behaviors or mental processes that impair functionality or cause various kinds of distress. Behaviors that are expected, such as anxiety before a big interview, are not classified as psychological disorders. The only behavior that is not an acceptable response or thought process to a specific event is included... Continue Reading →

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