Psychological Disorders : A Psychological Disorder

1632 Words Nov 13th, 2014 7 Pages
Psychological disorders are often a taboo subject in our society. Many find themselves to be the subject of ridicule and/or a social pariah from their peers at the simple hint of a mental disorder. This stems largely from simple ignorance to the cause and actual effects of the problems. Many of the same people that spend most of the day complaining about others that have psychological disorders could potentially find themselves and their behavior defined as such. Psychological disorder are an, “ongoing patter of thoughts, feelings or actions that are deviant, distressful and dysfunctional.” (Comer, 2004). Deviancy is defined as being different from other people who share your culture. For behavior to be distressful it must distress either the individual or others around the individual. Finally behavior must cause dysfunction in the individuals’ daily life. For someone to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder their behavior must have all the components of deviancy, distressfulness and cause dysfunction. Numerous people are completely unaware that they are being affected by a psychological disorder verse simply having mood swings or reacting to certain stimuli.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is one such disorder that many have been misdiagnosed with or not diagnosed at all because they are unaware that something may be affecting them on a psychological level. PTSD was originally quite easy to misdiagnose because of what it was originally thought to be. PTSD was…
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