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PSY240H1 Lecture Notes - Not Otherwise Specified, Psychopathology, Schizophrenia

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Hywel Morgan

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Abnormal Psychology Lecture 1 [Psychopathology]
PSY240H1S W6-8 MS128
P. Morgan SS4001 4:00-5:30 Wednesday
DSM4 = Diagnostic Statistical Manual Version 4 TR (Text Revision)
ICD10 = International Classification or Diseases Version 10 Published by the WHO
NOS = Not Otherwise Specified *doesn’t meet any of the diagnostic criteria of the pathologies in
this/a category]
Drop deadline: November 4th
3 methods
Midterm 30%
American, short-answer
No essay
Essay Questions 30%
Posted on BB 1 week before due
There will be an associated reading
10% each
Better to submit it as a hard copy during that class
Assignment 1 due Oct 3rd
Final Exam 40%
Sometime between Dec 10th and 21st
Won’t know until Oct 12th
Are psychopathologies medical disorders?
What does it mean to behave “abnormally”
Behaviour that deviates from the average
Behaviour that results in harm to oneself or others
Behaviour that’s maladaptive
In terms of IQ:
100 means that you are 100% on-level with your peers
Less than 100 (significantly less) means that this person is pathological
So would someone that is significantly more than 100 IQ be considered psychopathological?
This presents a problem to the definition of psychopathology
For example, NOS’s. Easy to recognise but not identify.
Someone diagnosed with Schizophrenia is no longer called a “Schizophrenic”, because it
implies that they belong to the pathology. Therefore, they are called “someone with
Schizophrenia”. Note that Schizophrenia is often not a chronic disorder.
1st way to identify abnormal behaviour
Statistical Criteria
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