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Lecture 13

Lecture 13

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Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY100H1
Professor
Michael Inzlicht

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Psychology Lecture 12
October 29
Mental Disorders: Identifying and Treating
There is a blurred line between normal and not normal
DSM: Multi-axial system
oAxis 1: short term
oAxis 2: long term (personality disorders)
oAxis 3: Medical Conditions
oAxis 4: Psychosocial and environmental conditions
oAxis 5: Global assessment of functioning
Depression:
Complicated, endless cycle
Loss of energy to do anything
Part of human potential
Structural factors play a huge role (e.g., stop paying bills, fall behind)
Level of dopamine can decrease naturally; hard to get excited about
anything
Average length: 6 months, but huge range
Dysthymia: less severe depression
Most depression relapses occur because a neural pathway (schema) has
already been established and is easily accessible
Hard to change when you have become used to this way of life and/or
damaged relationships
Can be an extension of normal variability
Barbara and Mary videos fuzzy line between depression and
schizophrenia
People can play huge roles in others psychological disorders
Stigmas attached to psychopathology: people may not think they even need
help, or may delay seeking help due to embarrassment, but this may
compound the disorder
Treating Psychological Disorders
Talk therapy major importance in just narrating personal traumas
Drugs (esp. short term schizophrenia, bipolar, dysfunction)
Bipolar: lithium
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Psychology Lecture 12 October 29 Mental Disorders: Identifying and Treating There is a blurred line between normal and not normal DSM: Multi-axial system o Axis 1: short term o Axis 2: long term (personality disorders) o Axis 3: Medical Conditions o Axis 4: Psychosocial and environmental conditions o Axis 5: Global assessment of functioning Depression: Complicated, endless cycle Loss of energy to do anything Part of human potential Structural factors play a huge role (e.g., stop paying bills, fall behind) Level of dopamine can decrease naturally; hard to get excited about anything Average length: 6 months, but huge range Dysthymia: less severe depression Most depression relapses occur becaus
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