Psy 300 Abnormal Psychology And Therapy Paper

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Abnormal Psychology and Therapy Paper PSY/300 September 2, 2014 Observing behavior is something we all do from day to day without even thinking. This is the study of psychology. The study of normal psychology however fascinating is nothing compared to the study of abnormal psychology. Through the years, the pioneers of psychology have uncovered many mental disorders and illnesses. For every mental illness or disorder there is a therapy used in the school of thought in psychology for treating mental disorders. Hence, identifying the mental disorder and finding treatment is only the beginning to understanding mental illness. Compare and contrast normal and abnormal psychology.…show more content…
Nature versus nurture is one of the many questions scientists and theorists try to understand. Basically, is it genetics, the environment or a culmination of one or more contributing factors? According to some studies, not only genetics can contribute but many other variables like classic conditioning, family dynamics, environment and a whole plethora of things. For example, “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity inappropriate for the child’s age. Research has shown that ADHD is more prevalent in boys and runs in families, apparently for both genetic and environmental reasons” (R. Kolwalski, D. Westen, 2011). However, some risk factors associated with ADHD include severe marital discord between parents, low social class, maternal psychopathology, and paternal criminality” (Biederman et al., 1995). The more of these risk factors a child has the more likely he may develop ADHD. Another mental illness and is considered one the most tragic of all disorders is Schizophrenia. Unfortunately, “schizophrenia is an umbrella term for a number of psychotic disorders that involve disturbances in nearly every dimension of human psychology, including thought, perception, behavior, language, communication, and emotion” ” (R. Kolwalski, D. Westen, 2011). Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can be controlled with medication but its effects can be devastating if not treated

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