Normal and Abnormal Psychology Analytical Essay by scribbler

Defines normal and abnormal psychology and relates them to treatment especially the disease of alcoholic.
# 151655 | 1,135 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 22, 2012 in Psychology (General)

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This paper explains that the objective of the field of psychology is to improve the understanding of the emotional, intellectual, neurological and environmental realities that shape people's experiences. Next, the author relates that normal psychology does not indicate an individual without conflict or pathology but rather an individual with a relative capacity to engage life's normal challenges and emotional confrontations properly; however, abnormal psychology is indeed concerned with psychotic disorders. The paper concludes that, for both normal and abnormal psychological difficulties, treatment differs depending on various schools of thought.

Table of Contents:
Normal Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Disease of Alcoholism
Differences in Treatment

From the Paper:

"Even more so is this evidenced by a discussion offered in the article by Breslau (2002), which approaches the mental disorder called post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, "in contrast to 'ordinary' stressful experiences, traumatic or catastrophic events are linked etiologically in the DSM to a specific syndrome--PTSD. The disorder's criterion symptoms are defined in terms of their connection, in time and content, with a distinct traumatic event." Implied in this definition is the argument that dramatic and extraordinary negative experiences will result in the very normal response of mental distress, even producing symptoms of disorder.
"Abnormal psychology also concerns major mental illness such as schizophrenia. Among the wealth of conditions which have been cataloged to better our capacity to provide treatment for chronic emotional disturbance, few are more misunderstood the schizophrenia. Typically mistaken for the multiple or split personality disorder, schizophrenia is actually a separate condition altogether. Characterized chiefly by the distortion of reality which its victims suffer, schizophrenia is a mental illness in which an individual's observation, understanding and emotional response to real world circumstances will cause him to deviate sharply from normal standards of behavior, communication and interaction, according to our research. From a cognitive standpoint, the onset of schizophrenia will usually be accompanied by a reduction in various concrete mental faculties."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blanco, C.; Laje, G.; Olfson, Marcus, S.C. & Pincus, H.A. (2002). Trends in the treatment of bipolar disorder by outpatient psychiatrists. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159(6), 1005-1011.
  • Breslau, N. (2002). Epidemiologic Studies of Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Other Psychiatric Disorders. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 47. 923-929.
  • Brulotte, M. (2007). Understanding the Multiple Causality of Psychopathology. Helium. Online at
  • Geyer, P. (2001). A Normal Psychology: C.G. Jung's Psychological Types and the MBTI.
  • Peele, S. (1985). The Cultural Context of Psychological Approaches to Alcoholism. American Psychologist, 39, 1337-1351.

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