Abnormal Psychology by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

By Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

Authored via award-winning instructor and famous researcher Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Abnormal Psychology blends state of the art examine in psychopathology with compassion for those that be afflicted by mental issues. shooting the buzz of significant advances in organic and psychosocial study and therapy possible choices, Abnormal Psychology imparts a real enthusiasm for and appreciation of clinical research.

The author’s medical and being concerned method, mixed with powerful learn instruments, has received accolades from teachers and scholars alike. Abnormal Psychology comprises Faces Interactive Case reports, which hyperlink information regarding issues coated within the textual content to stand Interactive on-line, integrating the media assets to the written textual content. The 5th version maintains to put nice emphasis on an built-in method of irregular psychology, on making organic details transparent to scholars, and on supplying a powerful concentrate on empirical learn and variety.

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Reduced funding led to even greater declines in the quality of care. At the turn of the twentieth century, many public hospitals were no better than warehouses (Grob, 1994; McGovern, 1985; Scull, 1993). Effective treatments for most major mental health problems were not developed until well into the twentieth century. Until then, patients who could not afford private care were warehoused in large, overcrowded, physically isolated state institutions that did not offer treatment (Deutsch, 1937). Clifford Beers, highlighted at the beginning of this chapter, was one extraordinary man who suffered the conditions of mental hospitals at the turn of the twentieth century, survived them, and worked to change them.

Witchcraft Beginning in the eleventh century, the power of the Catholic Church in Europe was threatened by the breakdown of feudalism and by rebellions. The Church interpreted these threats in terms of heresy and Satanism. The Inquisition was established originally to rid the Earth of religious heretics, but eventually those practicing witchcraft or Satanism also became the focus of hunts. The witch hunts continued long after the Reformation, perhaps reaching their height during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries—the period known as the Renaissance (Mora, 2008).

Such people may have been experiencing delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (unreal perceptual experiences), which are signs of some psychological disorders. However, such confessions may have been extracted through torture or in exchange for a stay of execution (Spanos, 1978). In 1563, Johann Weyer published The Deception of Dreams, in which he argued that those accused of being witches were suffering from melancholy (depression) and senility. The Church banned Weyer’s writings. Twenty years later, Reginald Scot, in his Discovery of Witchcraft (1584), supported Weyer’s beliefs: “These women are but diseased wretches suffering from melancholy, and their words, actions, reasoning, and gestures show that sickness has affected their brains and impaired their powers of judgment” (Castiglioni, 1946, p.

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