Abnormal Psychology (2nd Edition) by James H. Hansell, Lisa K. Damour

By James H. Hansell, Lisa K. Damour

ISBN: 047007387X
ISBN-13: 9780470073872
eISBN: 1118311485
eISBN-13: 9781118311486

Hansell & Damour's irregular Psychology, 2e will empower your scholars with the serious pondering abilities to raised aspect, classify, clarify and eventually higher comprehend irregular behavior.

Written by means of practising clinicians and that includes a streamlined desk of contents, irregular Psychology, 2e deals a brand new, leading edge strategy that encourages the severe considering abilities in an effort to support scholars see the "forest for the trees." through putting the DSM-IV in a bigger context utilizing a wide selection of examples, events and purposes, scholars higher comprehend and contextualize the various psychological health problems mentioned within the path. This features a new sequence of serious pondering questions tied to the "core concepts" framework of the textual content. also there are 15 new "visual essays" that spotlight an important organic principals, each one is designed to aid scholars make the relationship among biology and psychological affliction.

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Hypersensitivity to sudden fright, often with nonsense mimicking of others, trancelike behavior. Psychosis tied to inherited vulnerability and/or life difficulties; incoherence, agitation, hallucinations, and possibly violence. Sufferers, mostly children, are believed to be under influence of “evil eye,” causing fitful sleep, crying, sickness, fever. Extreme excitement, physical and verbal violence for up to 30 minutes, then convulsions and short coma. ” Marked anxiety or panic symptoms with bodily complaints attributed to life-threatening loss of semen.

But with this criterion, too, we find some limitations. First, impairments in psychological functions (for example, memory or social skills) are sometimes caused by physical injuries or diseases, such as head injuries or strokes, not by psychopathology. Second, while it is difficult to think of emotional disorders that do not involve impairments of some kind, there are certain disorders—minor mood disorders, for example—in which functional impairments are relatively slight and certainly not the central features of the condition.

Rosenhan hoped that his study would make two major points. The first and most widely noticed point was that the label “mental illness” is misleading because it cannot be accurately identified (a validity issue) even by professionals. Rosenhan is a social psychologist, a discipline that emphasizes social (or situational) rather than internal (or dispositional) causes of people’s behavior. Accordingly, he argued that mentally ill behavior is largely caused by the expectations and influences of a person’s social environment (such as a psychiatric hospital) rather than by some true internal condition of mental illness.

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