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What are psychological disorders?

Characteristic sets of thoughts, feelings or actions that cause noticeable distress to the sufferer, cause maladaptive functioning in society or are considered deviant by the individual’s culture

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What is the Biomedical Approach?

It believes that illnesses are due to abnormal somatic processes; it believes that there is a single-factor cause that leads to biological malfunction; considers the mind and body are separate entities

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What is the Biopsychosocial Approach?

It believes that illnesses are deviations from steady state; that there are biological, psychological and social components to an individual's disorder; multiple-factors cause that leads to multiple effects; considers mind and body to be inseparable

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How are Psychological Disorders classified?

By the ICD-10 or DSM-5

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Schizophrenia

A psychotic disorder that causes delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts, disorganized behavior, catatonia and negative symptoms (absence of normal/desired behavior)

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What are delusions?

False beliefs discordant with reality and not shared by others

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Types of delusions

1. Reference
2. Persecution
3. Grandeur
4. Thought Broadcasting/Insertion

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What are hallucinations?

Perceptions that are not due to external stimuli but have a compelling sense of reality

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What is catatonia?

Certain motor behaviors characteristic of schizophrenics

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What is echolalia?

Repeating another's words

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What is echopraxia?

Imitating another's actions

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What is disturbance of affect?

It can lead to severe reduction in the intensity of affect expression, no signs of emotional expression or discordant with content of the individuals speech

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What is the prodromal phase?

Characterized by poor adjustment, social withdrawal, role functioning impairment, peculiar behavior, inappropriate affect and unusual experiences

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What characterizes Major Depressive Disorder?

Sleep Issues
Lack of Interest (Anhedonia)
Guilt
Energy
Lack of Concentration
Appetite disturbances
Psychomotor Symptoms
Suicidal Thoughts

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What characterizes Persistent Depressive Disorder?

It's considered a depressed mood that isn't severe enough to meet the criteria of a major depressive episode

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What characterizes Seasonal Affect Disorder?

Seasonal onset of major depressive disorder; normally present in the winter months; related to abnormal melatonin metabolism

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What characterizes Bipolar Disorders

Increased distractibility, insomnia, grandiosity, flight of ideas, agitation, talkativeness and thoughtlessness

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What characterizes Bipolar I Disorder?

Manic episodes with or without major depressive episodes

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What characterizes Bipolar II Disorder?

Hypomania with at least one major depressive episode

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What characterizes Cyclothymic Disorder?

Consists of a combination of hypomanic episodes and periods of dysthymia

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Monoamine (Catecholamine) Theory of Depression

It posits that too much norepinephrine and serotonin in the synapse leads to mania while too little leads to depression

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What characterizes Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Disproportionate and persistent worry about many different things for at least six months. These individuals often have physical symptoms like fatigue, muscle tension and sleep problems that accompany the worry

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What is a phobia?

An irrational fear of something that results in a compelling desire to avoid it

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What characterizes social anxiety?

Anxiety in social situations, they have a persistent fear when exposed to social or performance situations that may result in embarrassment

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What characterizes agoraphobia?

Fear of being in places or in situations where it might be hard for an individual to escape; tend to be uncomfortable leaving their homes

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What characterizes panic disorder?

Consists of repeated panic attacks

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What characterizes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessions (intrusive thoughts which produce tension)

Compulsions (repetitive tasks that relieve tension but cause impairment)

Obsessions raise the individuals stress level and compulsions relieve the stress

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What characterizes Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

A person with unrealistic negative evaluation of his or her appearance and attractiveness, usually directed toward a certain body part

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What characterizes Dissociatives Disorders?

In these disorders, the person avoids stress by escaping from his identity but their sense of reality remains intact

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What characterizes Dissociative Amnesia?

Inability to recall past experiences often due to trauma; often associated with a dissociative fugue