In this lesson, our instructor Charles Schallhorn gives an introduction to abnormal psychology and goes over abnormal psychology aspects that will be on the AP psych exam. He defines psychological disorders versus a normal person and other key terms. He goes over the history of psychological diagnosis, and Philippe Pinel and the medical model. He then begins the biopsychosocial approach, and goes into the DSM Axes. He also talks about general risk factors for mental illness.
Psychopathology: Scientific study of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders; abnormal or maladaptive behavior
Subjective Discomfort: Subjective feelings of pain, unhappiness, or emotional distress
Statistical Abnormality: Having extreme scores on some dimension, such as intelligence, anxiety, or depression
Social Nonconformity: Disobeying societal standards for normal conduct; usually leads to destructive or self-destructive behavior
Cultural Relativity: Judgments are made relative to the values of one’s culture
A psychological disorder will have the characteristics of atypical behavior, a violation of cultural norms, be maladaptive, or create personal distress
Until relatively recently, mental illness were not understood to be biological conditions
Different cultures can have different disorders
The Biopsychosocial approach combines the interaction of nature, nurture, and individual issues to understand, explain and treat disordered behavior
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the guide used by American Psychology to define and treat mental disorders
There are social risk factors that increase the likelihood of mental illness
Insanity is a legal term, not a psychological one
Abnormal Psychology, Part I
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