Psychological Disorders Presentation

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Psychological Disorders Presentation
Debra Baker
University of Phoenix
Introduction to Behavioral Science
BEH/225
Katherine Malish
June 23, 2010

Psychological Disorders Presentation For many millennia psychological disorders, also called mental disorders have been misunderstood. Used to, people suffering from such disorders were thought to be demonically possessed or they were accused of being a witch. Many of these unfortunate people were burned, tortured, or locked up away from society, which was torturous in itself due to the deprivation of life sustaining necessities such as food and air that patients were forced to endure (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Since
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Treatment of schizophrenic disorders involves taking drugs that are meant to decrease dopamine amounts in the brain and to block dopamine receptors (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Personality disorders are characteristic of a person’s inability to adapt or be flexible to their environment through their way of thinking and behavior. People with personality disorders include unconventional people, as well as people who kill in cold blood--serial killers for example (Morris and Maisto, 2002). A type of personality disorder is paranoid personality disorder for which the person suffering from this cannot trust anyone and is highly suspicious all the time. Most people with this disorder believe themselves to be sensible and objective, but in reality they are argumentative, devious, secretive, and unable to take the blame for their wrong doing (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Personality disorders are thought to be aided by family, as well as community influences. For example, a child who feels rejected or unwanted by a family member(s) will act out, taking his or her aggressions out in an unacceptable manner such as defying rules and regulations at school or within the community (Morris and Maisto, 2002). Sexual disorders are classified into three main groups—paraphilias, sexual dysfunction, and gender identity disorders. Paraphilias disorder is the need to use unconventional objects to achieve sexual arousal. Gender identity disorders
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