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PSYC 241 Lecture 1: PSYC 241 – WEEK 1 (Lecture)

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Simon Fraser University
PSYC 241
Shannon Zaitsoff

1 PSYC 241 WEEK 1 (Lecture) 371 (follow up course offered over the summer) Introduction to Abnormal Psychology FOR VARIOUS PSYCHOLOGY DISORDERS WE WIL BE EXAMINING: Disorder characteristics or symptoms o DSM Diagnosis is the only cumulative on the final Not a lot of statistics on final Nor medications (shell mention the big important ones) Etiology (causal factors) o What puts a person a greater risk Treatment Defining Abnormal Psychology When does normality cross over to abnormality? o Is it a continuum or is there a qualitative difference Ability to function Social relationships Schoolworkfinancial security Length of time o Normality Abnormality A similar feeling that gets worse and worse until it turns into a disorder (Continuum) Or is it qualitatively different (categorical) Methods for Defining Abnormality 1. Statistical Concept 2. Personal Distress 3. Personal Dysfunction 4. Violation of Norms 5. Diagnosis by an Expert Statistical Concept Frequency of behavior or thought defines abnormality Something is abnormal if the feeling falls out of the scope of the norm o Symptom severity or frequency puts you Problems: o Frequencyinfrequency isnt always a problem (IQ) o Sometimes frequency isnt so low, but is still a problem (Depression is common in uni) Personal Distress Is the person distressed by their behaviors or thoughts?
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