The Perception Of Abnormal Psychology

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Introduction Malaprop: The mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect. “She’s so bipolar.” “He’s antisocial.” “My O.C.D. is kicking in.” “I feel claustrophobic.” None of these sentences seem strange. As a matter of fact, these statements have become so common that most people neglect to look into their meanings. Words such as “depression” and “claustrophobic” are used very frequently and are most likely used incorrectly. Many terms that are meant to diagnose psychiatric patients are being used very lightly in colloquial speech due to ignorance. Ignorance meaning lack of knowledge, not insolence. Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder and Phobias have been researched through the study of Abnormal Psychology. Abnormal Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on unusual behaviors and psychopathy. (Campbell,) With the help of the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fifth Edition) and Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary, all of these familiar terms will be broken down by the end of this text. She’s So Bipolar Bipolar Illness: affective (mood) disorder characterized by episodes of both mania and depression. (Campbell, 86) Also known as Manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that is categorized by episodes of mania and depression. (Campbell,86) There are two types of bipolar Disorder: Bipolar I and Bipolar II. For the
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