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PSY240H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Dorothea Dix, Beauport, Quebec City, Moral Treatment


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY240H5
Professor
Norman Farb
Lecture
1

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History in abnormal psychology
History in abnormal psychology
History
Ancient history
– 1700’s-1900’s
20th Century
Care for the mentally ill
Treatment perspectives
Three Historical Perspectives
1. Biological theories
Similar to physical disease, breakdown of some systems of the body.
2. Supernatural theories
Divine intervention, curses, demonic possession, and personal sin.
3. Psychological theories
Mental disorders as the result of trauma(s).
Ancient theories :
1. Ancient Stone Age Theories
Believed abnormality as Spirit possession
Potential Treatments
Exorcism
Trephination
2. Ancient china
Ancient China Balancing Yin with Yang
Balancing the positive force (yang) to the negative force (yin)
3. Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome
Ancient Greeks viewed the world in terms of elements and humors
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