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The Treatment of Disorder through Normality
A look at approaches to treating individuals with mental disorders, with particular reference to the article "Perceiving Normality in Clients as a Potent Social-Cognitive Treatment Approach," by Riskind et al.
# 148811 | 1,833 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Physiological)

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This paper takes an in-depth look at treatment of mental disorders based on Riskind et al's article "Perceiving Normality in Clients as a Potent Social-Cognitive Treatment Approach," which suggests a new approach and outlook. According to the paper, the practitioner should access to indications of normality in the patient and using these indications to help draw the patient outside the sway of these symptomatic disordered processes. The paper then highlights other methods for treating mental illness, comparing these to Riskind et. al's approach. Additionally, the paper considers Riskind from the standpoint of neurobiology. The paper summarizes by endorsing Riskind et al's method in some cases, but not all.

From the Paper:

"The ideas proposed by are somewhat more debatable when taken from a neurobiological discussion. As the discourse proceeds hereafter to consider certain mental disorders as they relate to treatment approach, it should become apparent that some disorders are inherently related to conditions of abnormality in the mental processing of the subject. Indeed, a greater understanding of this approach to psychoeducation suggests that there are certain aspects of mental ordering in the afflicted individual that may well be produced by internal deficiencies which cannot be addressed through cognitive treatment methods."

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.
  • Donahue, A.B. (2000). Riding the Mental Health Pendulum: Mixed Messages in the Era of Neurobiology. Social Work, 45(5), 427.
  • Riskind, J.H.; Bombardier, M. & Ayers, C. (2006). Perceiving Normality in Clients as a Potent Social-Cognitive Treatment Approach. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25(3), 249-260.

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