PS101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Dissociative Identity Disorder, Identity Disorder, Mania

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31 Jan 2013
Michael Matthews November 10 2011
Psychology 16
Somatoform disorders deals with the body
Hypochondriasis- believes they have a particular disorder. They have this obsessive with disorders they do
not have.
In conversion disordered, the anxiety problems can actually lead to physical issues such as paralysis.
The placebo is sometimes the faith that solves this problem
The anxiety is converted into a physical symptom.
Amnesia- numbness, possible blindness.
I will not see as opposed to I cannot see.
The most common form of this is some type of paralysis.
The onset of conversion reaction is extremely sudden as opposed to a gradual problem. However it is also
very sudden in the healing.
The significant part of conversion is “the beautiful indifference”.
There is no blockage in the Neuro passages. The problem could be in the sensory processing zones in the
Left handers used to be known as the side in hand with the devil, that why they are called sinisterly.
Dissocial reactions- amnesia I do not want to remember a specific event in time.
Quite common in combat for a type of numbness as their consciousness shuts down from a high level of
Fugue state?? Erasing certain memories or identities. They kill their identities and find another one.
Dissociative Identity disorder- which used is known as multiple personality disorder. Alter egos are
developed, most common are dual and changing personality.
Schizophrenia means split mind, not multiple personality!
For many who have a multiple personality disorder, many had been victims to sexual assault at a younger
Lactogenic disorders- treatment includes or physician included: suggestible, hypnotizable and often have
Mood disorders-Depression is called the common cold of psychopathology- does not mean that it is not
serious. 60% of people who commit suicide have a diagnosis of depression. Most depressions are quite
Hypocrisy referred to this as melancholia (at this point the person was more interesting than the disease).
The disease is our focus today.
Everyone who is depressed now is labelled as having an illness. It is important to see how people are
actually acting to the disease.
Depression in one instance and mania in another.
Mood swings- most of us have these, but some people have more extreme poles and become much less
stable and lives can become destructive.
Affective disorders- are mood disorders (emotions).
Many would say we are in the era of depression. Depression rates are going up. Each generation,
depression rates are going up.
The age of onset is also dropping. All people are being subject to the same environmental stresses in life.
We are much more individualistic, egocentric today. How many of us are dedicated to the common good as
opposed to our career? “Me-generation”
Never have people had so much mobility between careers. Years ago, continuity was the norm.
Increased urbanization- some suggest the world was not meant to sustain 7 billion people. Some felt they
could be stabilized through their religious faith.
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