Abnormal Psychology

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Abnormal Psychology

Roshaun Hatchett


April 25, 2012
Dr. Christopher Daub

Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal psychology has been in existence for more than a century. Mental illness was approached from a spiritual point of view. Individuals of certain beliefs would misdiagnose others from the spiritual perspective and would assume that evil spirits controlled his or her’s physical, mental, and observable world (Tyrer, 2010). The following will be covered in this document: the origins of abnormal psychology, classification of normal and abnormal behaviors, how abnormal psychology evolved into a scientific discipline, and the theoretical models related to the development of abnormal psychology. The practice of
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6). The biological model of abnormity makes the assumption that psychological and behavioral abnormalities have a biological cause. Genetics for example, a tiny abnormality in one’s genes can result in abnormalities in a person’s brain functioning properly and will lead to his or her behavior being abnormal. Chemicals are also an influence or the biological model; the brain depends on a surplus of chemicals to maintain its balance. Neurotransmitters and hormones are needed to send messages to the brain and nervous system. Without the proper amount the brain will function abnormally (Tyrer, 2010). The sociocultural model of abnormality examines the social and cultural trends of everyday world and how environments contribute to mental disorders. “Sociocultural theorists believe social forces contribute to mental disorders through learning. Individuals learn to adopt behaviors normal and abnormal in response to the social and cultural roles model, ideals, pressures, and stresses they encounter” (Hansel, Damour, 2008, page 216). Abnormal psychology has been changed dramatically over the last century. It has made extraordinary advancements that will assist mentally ill individuals live their abnormal existence and not be mistreated due to these abnormalities. The development of the theoretical models was a tremendous step to creativity an organized diagnosis of how to
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