AP Psych – Chapter 13: Therapies for Psychological Disorders

A general term for any treatment process; in psychology and psychiatry, it refers to a variety of psychological and biomedical techniques aimed at dealing with mental disorders or coping with problems of living.
Psychological therapies
Therapies based on psychological principles; often called “psychotherapy.”
Biomedical therapies
Treatments that focus on altering the brain, especially with drugs, psychosurgery, or electroconvulsive therapy.
Insight therapies
Psychotherapies in which the therapist helps patients/clients understand their problems.
Talk therapies
Psychotherapies that focus on communicating and verbalizing emotions and motives to understand their problems.
Analysis of transference
The Freudian technique of analyzing and interpreting the patient’s relationship with the therapist, based on the assumption that this relationship mirrors unresolved conflicts in the patient’s past.
Neo-Freudian psychodynamic therapies
Therapies for mental disorder that were developed by psychodynamic theorists who embraced some of Freud’s ideas but disagreed with others.
Humanistic therapies
Treatment techniques based on the assumption that people have a tendency for positive growth and self-actualization, which may be blocked by an unhealthy environment that can include negative self-evaluation and criticism from others.
Client-centered therapy
A humanistic approach to treatment developed by Carl Rogers, emphasizing an individual’s tendency for healthy psychological growth through self-actualization.
Reflection of feeling
Carl Rogers’s technique of paraphrasing the clients’ words attempting to capture the emotional tone expressed.
Cognitive thinking
Emphasizes rational thinking (as opposed to subjective emotion, motivation, or repressed conflicts) as the key to treating mental disorders.
Group therapy
Any form of psychotherapy done with more than one client/patient at a time; often done from a humanistic perspective.
Behavior modification
Another term for behavior therapy.
Behavior therapy
Any form of psychotherapy based on the principles of behavioral learning, especially operant conditioning and classical conditioning.
Systemic desensitization
A behavioral therapy technique in which anxiety is extinguished by exposing the patient to an anxiety-provoking stimulus.
Exposure therapy
A form of desensitization therapy in which the patient directly confronts the anxiety-provoking stimulus (as opposed to imagining the stimulus).
Aversion therapy
As a classical conditioning procedure, aversive counterconditioning involves presenting individuals with an attractive stimulus paired with unpleasant stimulation in order to condition revulsion.
Contingency management
An operant conditioning approach to changing behavior by altering the consequences, especially rewards and punishments, of behavior.
Participant modeling
A social-learning technique in which a therapist demonstrates and encourages a client to imitate a desired behavior.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
A newer form of psychotherapy that combines the techniques of cognitive therapy with those of behavioral therapy.
Rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
Albert Ellis’s brand of cognitive therapy, based on the idea that irrational thoughts and behaviors are the cause of mental disorders.
Active listener
A person who gives the speaker feedback in such forms as nodding, paraphrasing, maintaining an expression that shows interest, and asking questions for clarification.
The prescribed use of drugs to help treat symptoms of mental illness ostensibly to ensure that individuals are more receptive to talk therapies.
Antipsychotic drugs
Medicines that diminish psychotic symptoms, usually by their effect on the dopamine pathways in the brian.
Tardive dyskinesia
An incurable disorder of motor control, especially involving muscles of the face and head, resulting from long-term use of antipsychotic drugs.
Antidepressant drugs
Medicines that affect depression, usually by their effect on the serotonin and/or norepinephrine pathways in the brain.
Lithium carbonate
A simple chemical compound that is highly effective in dampening the extreme mood swings of bipolar disorder.
Antianxiety drugs
A category of drugs that includes the barbiturates and benzodiazepines, drugs that diminish feelings of anxiety.
Drugs that normally increase activity level by encouraging communication among neurons in the brain; however, they have also been found to suppress activity level in persons with ADHD.
The general term for surgical intervention in the brain to treat psychological disorders.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
A treatment used primarily for depression and involving the application for an electric current to the head, producing a generalized seizure; sometimes called “shock treatment.”
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
A treatment that involves magnetic stimulation of specific regions of the brain; unlike ECT, it does not produce a seizure.
Therapeutic community
Jones’s term for a program of treating mental disorder by making the institutional environment supportive and humane for patients.
The policy for removing patients, whenever possible, from mental hospitals.
Community mental health movement
An effort to deinstitutionalize mental patients and to provide therapy from outpatient clinics; proponents envisioned that recovering patients could live with their families, in foster homes, or in group homes.
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