What is Abnormal Abnormal behavior is defined as behavior that is deviant, maladaptive, and/or personally distressful. • Distress : The individual reports of great personal distress. o The distressed created by obsessive behavior drives a person wash her hands 4 times an hour, take 7 showers a day, and cleans her apartment twice. • Dysfunctional: Maladaptive behavior interferes with a person’s ability to function effectively in the world. o Believing that you are the leader of the free world and everyone is subservient to you would interfere with your ability to get along with others. • Deviant: Behavior that is a serious deviation from social norms of that culture. o For example, washing your hands 4 times an hour, taking 7 showers a day, and cleaning your apartment twice a day is considered deviant.
LP Psy Disorders BA:Psydisorder 2 03/23/09 Who assesses these criteria • psychiatrists • clinical psychologists When abnormal behavior becomes extreme, people are judged to have a psychological disorder. The difficulty in assessing a psychological disorder is • distinguishing between normal behavior and extreme behavior and •
the presence or absence of the symptoms. People can be incorrectly labeled as having a psychological disorder for political, social reasons, rather than psychological.
When seeking treatment, especially drugs treatment, make sure you see a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Commercials on television tell you to go see your doctor or physician because most people have a physician and not a psychologist.