First of all, I would like to start off by stating that my major is Criminal Justice. Without a doubt, so far my abnormal psychology course has played a significant role in my way of thinking in regards to associating with offenders! As a matter of fact, abnormal psychology has given me a better understanding of human behavior, therefore giving me a better understanding to the nature of crimes committed by offenders. For instance, the popular television show, Criminal Minds, profilers are able to identify their criminal by examining the impulses, movements, behaviors and mentality that led to the occurrence of the crime.
Second, taking this course has taught me that abnormal psychology, is a branch of psychology that deals with psychopathology and abnormal behavior. I am now aware that abnormal psychology covers a broad range of disorders, such as Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, obsession-compulsion disorder, and sexual deviation. I have learned that people who suffer from mental disorders are usually unable to manage or control their situation. Many people need psychological treatment combined with a drug therapy to help manage their conditions. I realized that the goal of abnormal psychological care is to treat the patient’s behavior, mood, and developmental disorders.
Third, in my abnormal psychology course I have the learned about the historical perspective of abnormal behavior. I was intrigued to learn about the German psychiatrist, Emil Kraepelin (1856–1926), who was one of the most influential psychiatrists of his era. During the 19th century, Kraepelin reduced the complex of mental illness by dividing them into two groups. The names of two groups are manic depressive psychosis and dementia praecox. With this in mind, manic-depressive illness is characterized as a disorder of a person’s mood and effect. On the other hand, dementia praecox is characterized by a person’s logical functioning.
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