PSY100H1 Lecture Notes - Personality Disorder, Intellectual Disability

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psychopathology sickness/disorder of the mind: origins in psychological turmoil and biological dysfunction (factors) plato + aristotle mental illness conflict btw thought and emotion . Increased understanding of the effect of genes, neurotransmitters, hormoneson brain and behavior resulted in remarkable advances in understanding both normal and abnormal human behavior. environmental aspects children with abusive parents more likely to develop some form of psychopathology later in life: env can trigger some mental disorders (e. g. combat leads to ptsd, death of loved one leads to depression) can be quite challenging to decide if a given behavior is caused by psychopathology, because behavior, especially unusual behavior, always need to be reviewed according to the situation (diff among cultures . Line between normal and abnormal is hard to draw defining psychopathology as thoughts and behaviors that are maladaptive rather than deviant. increasing trend toward: e. g. excessive hand washing adaptive but cannot stop maladaptive.

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