Clinical Psychology and Categorical Mental Disorders Analytical Essay by Nicky

An in-depth discussion on clinical psychology and the disorders that fall under the clinical umbrella.
# 150320 | 3,338 words | 13 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders) , Psychology (Clinical)

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The paper explains that clinical psychology is centered on the processes of diagnosis and therapy, with disorders falling under a set of classifications, specifically, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The paper provides a brief background on the philosophical and academic development of clinical psychology to shed light on its impetus and primary objectives, and to highlight what distinguishes it from experimental psychology. The paper then addresses anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders as well as mood, schizophrenic and substance related disorders.

Anxiety Disorders
Dissociative Disorders
Eating Disorders
Mood Disorders
Schizophrenic Disorders
Substance Related Disorders

From the Paper:

"Clinical psychology focuses on the ways in which this responded to philosophical convention in equal part to its basis in science. Thus, clinical psychology is not just correlated to the academic advances of the field, but also beholden to what may be described as worthy humanist interpretations of man in intellectual history, evolving as consideration of these interpretations evolved with sociological change. Ellenberger provides the example that "whereas, in the eighteenth century, the prevailing myth was that of the "noble savage," of the vigorous, primitive man living in his forest and fighting for his freedom, there was now an inverted myth of a "corrupt civilized man," weakened and sophisticated." (Ellenberger, 282) The reflection of society has played a hand in our abilities to define ourselves.
"Though the future of clinical psychology would coincide with its commercial interests particularly with respect to the use of pharmaceutical treatment, its history is one very much founded in the above implied notion that the mind is not simply a part of the body but also a far more complex embodiment of an abstract entity that constitutes the psyche. Here, the unique stratification of impulses, its impossible to replicate individualities and its vulnerability to the conceits of its origin make the human mind a thing still beyond the empirical set of considerations which have sought to pigeonhole it."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Ellenberger, H. (1970). Discovery of the Unconscious. New York: Basic Books.
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