PSY240H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Autonomic Nervous System, Psychopathology, Abnormal Psychology

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Abnormal psychology: the study of mental disorders; this includes psychological dysfunctions that the person experiences in terms of distress; a complete definition of abnormal behavior compares the behaviors and experiences in terms of those accepted in the person"s culture. Psychopathology: the study of mental illness; this is in contrast with pathophysiology, or pathology of our physiology. One important characteristic of mental illness is the lack of control over ones experience. This can also be described as loss of freedom or an inability to consider alternative ways of thinking, feeling, or doing. Another common these seen in psychopathology is the loss of honest personal contact. Interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships are both affected when having a mental illness. Loss of one"s connection with one"s self and ability to live in a productive manner. The national institute of mental health (nimh) estimates that at least 26. 2% of the. Experiencing a mental illness does not mean that one has to live a limited life.

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