PSYA02H3 Lecture Notes - Schizophrenia, Biopsychosocial Model

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
School
UTSC
Department
Psychology
Course
PSYA02H3
mental illness
not new
society changes reactions to mental illnesses
ex. witch doctors were probably schizophrenic
seen as special for speaking to spirits, attached to spiritual world
later on were burned at the stakes by Christians
science has made way into pockets of clinical
practitioner with scientific discipline
society didn’t know what to do with the mentally ill
still do not know what to do, difficult to do
back in the day, crazy people were put in one place
○ asylum
crazies treated humanely acted less crazy
people started to realize that this was an illness
● abnormal
weird concept
deviates from averages
not the interest in mental illness psychology
maladaptive behaviour
causing problems for selves and others
interests of clinical psychologists
distinction between abnormal and maladaptive behaviour
● psychodynamic
psychic conflicts overpower defence mechanism to deal with in healthy ways
distorts perceptions of reality
function in ways reflective of early development stage
○ Freud
medical perspective
some due to biological conditions
some can and cannot be dealt with
just like a physical disorder
mental disorder
doesn’t work as well as it sounds as though it should
chemical imbalances reflected in mental disorders
drugs counter
genetic links
genetic markers
maladaptive behaviours learned
can be unlearned
therapist considers reinforcements
manner in which patient thinks about things, rethinks
adaptive approach
humanist perspective
helping a client get to their full potential in life
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Seen as special for speaking to spirits, attached to spiritual world. Later on were burned at the stakes by christians. Science has made way into pockets of clinical. Society didn"t know what to do with the mentally ill. Still do not know what to do, difficult to do. Back in the day, crazy people were put in one place. People started to realize that this was an illness. Not the interest in mental illness psychology. Psychic conflicts overpower defence mechanism to deal with in healthy ways. Function in ways reflective of early development stage. Some can and cannot be dealt with. Doesn"t work as well as it sounds as though it should. Manner in which patient thinks about things, rethinks. Helping a client get to their full potential in life. Where you are to where you want to be. We"re going to get at what is wrong and fix it. Stress triggers genetic dispositions towards certain diseases.

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