Chapter 16: Psychological Disorders Study Guide

Psychological Disorders
persistently harmful; thoughts, feelings, and actions

What are the three things that a behavior must be in order to be considered a disorder?
deviant, distressful, and dysfunctional; standards for acceptability vary because deviant behavior in one culture, may not be considered deviant in another culture

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
plagues children who display one or more of: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity

What is the medical perspective and who proposed it?
psychology disorders are viewed as mental sickness or illness , diagnosed on the basis of symptoms and cured through treatment; prosed by Phillipe Pinel; believed that psychological disorders always had PHYSICAL causes

Biopscyhosocial Perspective
assumes that biological, socio-cultural, and psychological factors combine and interact to produce psychological disorders; today’s psychologist recognize that all behavior arises form the interaction of nature and nurture

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)
the most widely used system for classifying psychological disorders; defines a diagnostic process and 16 clinical syndromes; diagnoses by different professionals are similar

What is one major criticism of DSM-IV?
as the number of disorder categories increased, the number of adults who met the criteria for att least one disorder increased as well

What is the unDSM?
a manual of human strengths and virtues; drawas insight from many researchers

What are the pros of diagnostic labels?
labels may be helpful for healthcare professional when communicating with one another and establishing therapy

What are the cons of diagnostic labels?
studies have shown that labeling has a significant effect on our interpretation of individuals and may cause us to stigmatize; may be viewed or looked at diffrently

Anxiety disorder
psychological disorders characterized by distressing, persistent anxiety or maladaptive behaviors; the key to differentiate disorders from anxiety is the intensity or persistence

What are the four common anxiety disorders?
generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
inability to identify or avoid the cause of certain feelins; autonomic arousal; persistent and uncontrollable tenseness and apprehension; “free floating” anxiety

Panic Disorders
in some instances, anxiety may intensify dramatically and unpredictably and be accompanied by chest pain or choking; Panic attack: minute-long episodes of intense dread

a phobia of people who fear situations in which escape or help might not be possible

when a person has an irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation

Social Phobia
when a person has an intense fear of being scrutinized by others

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
when a person cannot control repetitive thoughts and actions; older people are less likely than teens and young adults to suffer from this disorder; high metabolic activity in the frontal lobe which is involved in directing attention

fear of heights

fear of closed spaces

fear of blood

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
four or more weeks of nightmares, social withdrawal, jumpy anxiety, sleep problems; some pscyhologists believe this disorder to be misdiagnosed because because of survivor resilience

Post-Traumatic Growth
people experience an increased appreciation for life after a life-threatening or horrible experience

What was Freud’s theory on anxiety?
he suggested that we repress our painful and intolerable ideas, feelings, and thoughts, resulting in anxiety

What are learning theorist’s view about anxiety?
fear conditioning leads to anxiety; this anxiety becomes associated with other objects or events (classical conditioning); investigators believe that fear responses are inculcated through observational learning

stimulus generalization
when a person who fears heights after a fall comes to fear airplanes

Biological perspective on anxiety
natural selection has lead our ancestors to learn to fear snakes, spiders, and other animals; humans probably are biological prepared to develop certain fears; compulsive acts typically exaggerate behaviors that contribute to our species survival

PET scans of person with obsessive compulsive disorder reveal excessive activity in the brain in the ____________ ___________ cortex. Some antidepressant drugs dampen fear-circuit activity in the ____________ thus reducing behavior
anterior cingulate; amygdala

Dissociative Disorder
conscious awareness becomes separated (dissociated) from previous memories, thoughts, and feelings; having a sense of being unreal, being separated from the body, watching yourself as if in a movie

Dissociative Identity Disorder
a person who develops two or more distinct personalities is suffering from this; formerly called multiple personality disorder

What are two pieces of evidence brought forth by those who do not accept dissociative identity disorder as a genuine disorder?
the prevalence of the disease became more widespread in the 1980s when DSM first listed the disorder; much less prevalent outside of north America; skeptics claim these disorders are sometimes contrived by fantasy-prone people; and hat sometimes they are constructed out of the therapist-patient interaction

How do the psychoanalytic and learning perspectives view dissociative disorders?
as way of dealing with anxiety

Mood disorders
psychological disorders characterized by emotional extremes

What are the two types of mood disorders?
major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder

major depressive disorder
depression is the common cold of psychological disorders; occurs when signs of depression last two weeks or more and are not caused by drugs or medical conditions; lethargy and fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, loss of interest; number one reason people seek mental health services

Dysthymic Disorder
lies between a blue mood and a major depressive disorder; characterized by daily depression lasting two years or more

Can a person with depression recover without treatment?

euphoria, hyperactivity, being wildly optimistic

bipolar disorder
less common among creative professionals who rely on precision and logic than among those who rely on emotional expression and creativity; an alternation between depression and mania

What is the “gender difference” when it comes to depression?
compared with men, women are more vulnerable to major depression; in general, women are most vulnerable to disorders involving internalized states such as depression, anxiety, and inhibited sexual desire

Describe men’s mental disorders?
they tend to be more external and include alcohol abuse, antisocial conduct, lack of impulse control

What is the most severe form of behavioral response to depression?

How are depressive episodes usually triggered?
by a stressful event

What is the psychoanalytic explanation of depression?
suggests that depression occurs when significant losses evoke feelings associated with losses experienced in childhood

What is the genetic influence on mood disorders?
they tend to run in families; studies of identical twins reveal that genetic influence on mood disorders is strong

How is linkage analysis used in research of genetics in relation to depression?
researchers exam the chromosomes of both the affected and unaffected family members

Association sstdies
studies that search for correlations between DNA variation and population traits

What are some biological reasons for depression?
depression may be caused by low levels of norepinephrine and seratonin

Drugs that alleviate mania, reduce ______________

How do drugs alleviate depression?
they increase the amount of norepinephrine or serotonin in the blood by blocking reuptake or inhibiting their chemical breakdown

What diet can predispose someone to depression?
a diet with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids

Describe the brain’s of a person with depression?
the brains of depressed people tend to be less active, especially in an area of the left frontal lobe; in severly depressed patients, it may even be smaller in size

How do anti-depressant drugs that boost serotonin pmotoe recovery in the hippocampus
the hippocampus is important in processing memory and is vulnerable to stress related damage; drugs that boost serotonin may promote recovery by stimulating neurons in this area of the brain

Social-Cognitive perspective of depression
depression may be linked with self-defeating beliefs and negative explanatory style; some believes may arise from lerned helplessness

How do depressed people tend to explain failure?
stable (it will always be like this), global (the whole world is over, I can’t seem to do anything right), internal (it is all my fault); if you tend to see circumstances as inevitable, and ruminate when bad things happen, you usually experience dperession

Depressing thoughts usually coincide with a ___________ mood

Being withdrawn, self-focued, and complaining tends to elicit ___________ ___________-
social rejection

What is the cycle of depression?
negative, stressful events, negative explanatory style, hopeless/depressed mood or state, hampered thinking and acting

Refers to a split reality

What are three manifestations of schizophrenia?
disorganized thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions

The distorted, false beliefs of schizophrenia patients

What do psychologists attribute schizophrenia thinking to?
A breakdown in capacity for selective attention

Describe the percpetions of people with schizophrenia
they are usually disturbed and take the form of auditory hallucinations

Flat affect
patients of schizophrenia lapse into this zombie-like state of apparent apathy

patient may remain motionless for hours and then become agitated

Positive symptoms of schizophrenia
hallucinations, talk in disorganized way, exhibit inappropriate behavior

Negative Symptoms of schizophrenia
beahvior, toneless voice, expressionless faces, mute/rigid bodies

When is recovery for schizophrenia more likely?
when the patient develops slowly (chronic schizoprhenia) there is less chance of recovery than when it develops rapidly (acute schizophrenia) in response to life stressors

Describe the brain tissue of patients with schizophrenia
the brain tissue has an excess of receptors of the neurotransmitter dopamine and drugs that block these receptors, have been found to decrease these symptoms; enlarged fluid-filled areas and a corresponding loss of cerebral tissue is present in those with schizophrenia; also an enlarged thalmus which accounts for difficulty in filtering sensory input

Drugs that interfere with receptors for the neurotrasnmitter ________ can produce negative symptoms of schizophrenia

Where do people with schizophrenia generally have high brain activity?
in the frontal lobe

What do some scientist contend are the reasons for brain abnormalites in schizophrenic patients?
low birth weight, oxygen deprivation, viral infections

What does the role of prenatal environment play into the risk of contracting schizophrenia?
the role of a prenatal environment is demonstrated by the fact that identical twins with the same placenta are more likely to experience schizophrenia (share the disorder)

It appears that for schizophrenia to develop ther must be both a _______ _______ and some _____ trigger
genetic disposition; environmental

Personality disorder
exists when an individual has character traits that are enduring and impair social functioning

Avodiant disorder
a fearful sensitivity to rejection

schizoid personality disdorder
eccentric behaviors such as emotionless, disengagement

histronic personality disorder
shallow, attention getting emotions

a person who exaggerates his or her own importance

borderline personality disorder
a person who has an unstable identity and an unstable relationship

antisocial personality
a person who seems to have no conscience, lies, steals, and is generally irresponsible; previously labeled as psychopath; diagnosed as early as 3-6 years old

Describe antisocial disorders in adults
adults tend to have impulse uninhibited, unconcerned with social reward, and low in anxiety

PET scans of murders’ brains reveal reduced activity in the ________ _______
frontal lobes

In terms of age, when do most psychological disorders appear?
during early adulthood