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By Jeffrey S. Nevid, Spence A. Rathus, Beverly S. Green

Irregular Psychology in a altering international, 9/e makes use of first-person narratives from humans suffering from mental problems as a pedagogical framework. up to date to mirror the revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical handbook (DSM-5), the authors recreation to convey examine advancements and developments in irregular psychology to scholars. via illustrative case examples drawn from the authors' personal stories, they realize there's a human size to the learn of irregular psychology.

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Is bullying a symptom of an underlying disorder, or is it just bad behavior? Mental health professionals base their judgments on the kinds of criteria we outline in this text. But even in professional circles, debate continues about whether some behaviors should be classified as forms of abnormal behavior or mental disorders. One of the longest of these debates concerns homosexuality. Until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. In that year, the organization voted to drop homosexuality from its listing of classified mental disorders in its diagnostic manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM (discussed in Chapter 3).

According to the medical model, people behaving abnormally suffer from mental illnesses or disorders that can be classified, like physical illnesses, according to their distinctive causes and symptoms. Adopters of the medical model don’t necessarily believe that every mental disorder is a product of defective biology, but they maintain that it is useful to classify patterns of abnormal behavior as disorders that can be identified on the basis of their distinctive features or symptoms. Kraepelin specified two main groups of mental disorders or diseases: dementia praecox [from roots meaning “precocious (premature) insanity”], which we now call schizophrenia, and manic–depressive insanity, which we now label bipolar disorder (Zivanovic & Nedic, 2012).

It’s been blind since birth. ” The vignette about the blind rat illustrates that our descriptions of behavior may be influenced by our expectations. Our expectations reflect our preconceptions or models of behavior, and they may incline us to perceive events—such as the rat’s movements and other people’s behavior—in certain ways. Describing the rat in the classroom as “scanning” and “looking” for something is an inference, or conclusion, we draw from our observations based on our model of how animals explore their environments.

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