Abnormal Psychology and Therapy
Abnormal psychology is dedicated to the analysis of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders of the mind. An aspect of psychology concerned with investigating into the classification, causation, analysis, prevention, and treatment of emotional disorders or psychopathology. The core of abnormal psychology is its importance on research into abnormal behavior and its endeavor to categorize the extensive range of mental and emotional aberrations into logical categories and to understand them. Another important factor during the research would be to finding the appropriate treatment or therapy to use with each disorder.
What is normal psychology? Who is to define what is normal and what isn’t? People define normal as someone who is ok, is like others and does not show any type of physical or mental traits, someone who fits in society and doesn’t stand out. Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes: feelings, thoughts and why they are thinking this way. Abnormal psychology is a branch of psychology devoted to the study of the classification, aetiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and disabilities (Colman,2009). Examples of mental dysfunctions would be mental illnesses, psychopathology, maladjustment, mental retardation and emotional disturbance. Many things can happen to cause abnormal traits; it could be genetics or current stress in our lives that make us temporarily abnormal.
Mental disorders can impair a person’s cognitive, emotional, or behavioral ability to function. The causes(s) can be social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factor, such as injury or infection (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder, and thought to be one of the most severe psychiatric disorders (Kaplan, 2006). This disorder usually manifests itself between adolescence and early adulthood. Some people function with fairly no problems,...