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Abnormal Psychology, Part V

  • Psychosis: Loss of contact with shared views of reality
  • Delusions: False beliefs that individuals insist are true, regardless of overwhelming evidence against them
  • Hallucinations: Imaginary sensations, such as seeing, hearing, or smelling things that do not exist in the real world
  • Schizophrenia is the primary psychotic disorder studied in this course and is considered the cancer of mental illness
  • There are different types of schizophrenia, paranoid, undifferentiated, catatonic, disorganized, and residual
  • Biological causes include the possibility of biochemical abnormalities (including dopamine hypothesis), genetic factors, prenatal factors, and brain abnormalities
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Abnormal Psychology, Part V

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  1. Intro
    • Psychotic Disorders
    • More Common Psychotic Symptoms
    • Other Psychotic Disorder
    • Delusional Disorders
    • Schizophrenia: The Cancer of Mental Illness
    • Schizophrenia: Rule of Quarters
    • Types of Schizophrenia
    • Possible Factors in Schizophrenia
    • Biochemical Causes
    • Stress-Vulnerability Model
    • Psychological Factors
    • Famous Sufferers of Psychotic Disorders
      • Rates of Disorders
      • Final Thoughts
      • Review
      • Intro 0:00
      • Psychotic Disorders 0:08
        • Psychosis
        • Delusions
        • Hallucinations
      • More Common Psychotic Symptoms 3:11
        • Flat Affect
        • Disturbed Verbal Communication
        • Personality Disintegration
      • Other Psychotic Disorder 5:17
        • Organic Psychosis
        • Dementia
        • Alzheimer's Disease
      • Delusional Disorders 6:37
        • Marked By Presence of Deeply Held False Beliefs (Delusions)
        • Paranoid Psychosis
      • Schizophrenia: The Cancer of Mental Illness 9:19
        • Psychotic Disorder Characterized By Hallucinations, Delusions, Apathy, Thinking Abnormalities, and Split Between Thoughts and Emotions
      • Schizophrenia: Rule of Quarters 11:21
        • 1/4 Severe Enough to Be Permanently Hospitalized
        • 1/4 In and Out of Hospital With Treatment/Meds
        • 1/4 Have Mild Enough Form of Disorder to Live As Close to a Normal Life as One Could
        • 1/4 Who Receives Diagnosis Will Recover and Never Show Symptoms Again
      • Types of Schizophrenia 12:31
        • Paranoid
        • Undifferentiated
        • Catatonic
        • Disorganized
        • Residual (Asymptomatic)
      • Possible Factors in Schizophrenia 14:47
        • Psychological Trauma
        • Disturbed Family Environment
        • Deviant Communications Patterns
      • Biochemical Causes 15:30
        • Biochemical Abnormality
        • Dopamine
        • Dopamine Overactivity in Brain May Be Related to Schizophrenia
        • Glutamate
        • MRIs Show Brains of Schizophrenics Have Larger Ventricles
        • PET Scans -- Activity Level is Low in Frontal Lobes of Schizophrenics
      • Stress-Vulnerability Model 18:04
        • Combination of Environmental Stress and Inherited Susceptibility Cause Schizophrenic Disorders
        • Brain Abnormalities
      • Psychological Factors 21:42
        • Possible Warning Signs
      • Famous Sufferers of Psychotic Disorders 22:27
      • Rates of Disorders 23:41
        • Percentage of American Reporting Disorders
        • Generalized Anxiety -- 3.1%
        • Social Phobia -- 6.8%
        • Phobia of Specific Object -- 8.7%
        • Mood Disorder -- 9.5%
        • OCD -- 1%
        • Schizophrenia -- 1.1%
        • PTSD -- 3.5%
        • ADHD -- 4.1%
        • Any Mental Disorder -- 26.2%
      • Final Thoughts 25:37
        • Mental Illness and Stigma
        • Active Minds
        • Bring Change to Mind
      • Review 27:37
        • How Are Psychotic Disorders Distinguished From Most Other Disorders?
        • What Patterns of Thinking, Perceiving, Feeling, and Behaving Characterize Schizophrenia?
        • What Factors Are Theorized to be Possible Causes of Schizophrenia?