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Abnormal Psychology - International Student Edition

Abnormal Psychology - International Student Edition

Third Edition

January 2020 | SAGE Publications, Inc
In the Third Edition of Abnormal Psychology, author William J. Ray brings together current perspectives concerning the manner in which the human mind, behavior, and experience can be understood. In addition to the traditional psychological literature, The Third Edition draws from work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, epidemiology, ethology, and genetics. Ray's focus is on a unification and integration of the biopsychosocial understandings of human behavior within a broader consideration of human culture, neuroscience, and language as it applies to abnormal psychology. With coverage of DSM-5, ICD, and RDoC, the fully revised Third Edition puts even greater emphasis on the range of human experiences and medical comorbidities.
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1. An Overview of Psychopathology and Changing Conceptualizations of Mental Illness
Understanding Psychopathology: Definitions and Key Considerations

The Three Major Themes of This Book

The Relation of Evolution and Culture to Psychopathology

Historical Considerations in Understanding Psychopathology

Discovering the Function of the Brain in Behavior and Psychopathology

Care for Those With Mental Disorders

Biological Approaches to Treating Mental Illness

Psychological Treatment Perspectives in the Twentieth Century


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2. Neuroscience Approaches to Understanding Psychopathology
The Growing Importance of Neuroscience, Genetics, and an Evolutionary Perspective

Brain Anatomy, Neurons, and Neurotransmitters

How Do We Observe the Brain at Work?


Genetics and Psychopathology

Evolution and Psychopathology


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3. Research Methods
What Is Science?

Nonexperimental Methods of Psychological Research

The Experimental Method: Making It Happen

Designing an Experimental Study

Other Types of Experimental Designs and Research Considerations

Ethics and the Scientific Experiment


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4. Assessment and Classification of Psychological Disorders
Initial Assessment and the Mental Status Exam

Structured Interviews and Assessment Considerations

Models of Assessment

Diagnostic Considerations in Psychopathology

Classification Systems for Mental Disorders


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5. Childhood and Adolescent-Onset Disorders
Important Aspects of Normal Child Development

Attachment Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Case of ROBERT: Conduct Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders

Intellectual Developmental Disorder


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6. Mood Disorders and Suicide
Introducing Mood Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder

Understanding Changes in DSM–5—Grief Exception

Bipolar Disorder



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7. Stress, Trauma, and Psychopathology
Psychological Stress and Psychopathology

The Physiological Mechanisms Related to Stress and Trauma

The Study of Stress

Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders in DSM–5

Case of VICTORIA ENGLISH: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: PTSD Definitions in DSM–IV and DSM–5


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8. Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Overview of Anxiety Disorders

Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

Case of ADAM CALDWELL: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders


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9. Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders
Dissociative Disorders

TWO CASE STUDIES: Depersonalization


Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Dissociative Disorders

Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders


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10. Eating Disorders
Overview: Feeding Disorders, Obesity, and Eating Disorders

Feeding Disorders

The Problem of Obesity

The Major Eating Disorders

Case of ANNE HART: Bulimia Nervosa

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Eating Disorders


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11. Sexuality Disorders, Paraphilic Disorders and Gender Dysphoria
Sexuality in Context

Sexual Desire, Arousal, and Response

Sexual Dysfunction Disorders

Paraphilic Disorders

Case of GEORGE NADEL: Court-Mandated Treatment for Child Pornography Possession

Gender Dysphoria

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Sexual and Gender-Related Experiences


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12. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Drug Use in the United States

Substance Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Case of RICHARD THOMPSON: Alcohol Use Disorder

Marijuana, Hallucinogens, and Opioids

Stimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, and Nicotine


Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders


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13. Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia Basics: Prevalence, Course, and Symptoms

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Schizophrenia

Historical and Evolutionary Perspectives on Schizophrenia

Case of JAMES STERN: Schizophrenia

Factors in the Development of Schizophrenia

Causes and Effects: Neuroscience Findings About Schizophrenia

Treating Individuals With Schizophrenia


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14. Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders and Personality

Odd, Eccentric Personality Disorders

Case of NATHAN JAMES: Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Dramatic Emotional Personality Disorders

Case of JIM NELSON: Mandated Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse

Case of AMY JAMES: Borderline Personality Disorder

Case of AMY PORTER: Histrionic Personality Disorder

Case of DAWN NICHOLS: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Anxious Fearful Personality Disorders

Treatment of Personality Disorders

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Personality Disorders


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15. Neurocognitive Disorders
Normal Cognitive Changes Related to Aging



Mild and Major Neurocognitive Disorders

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Neurocognitive Disorders

Prevention, Treatment, and Support


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16. The Law and Mental Health
The American Legal System and the Insanity Defense

Competency to Stand Trial

Ethical and Legal Issues in Treatment

Sexual Predator Laws

Neuroscience and Evolutionary Perspectives on the Legal Aspects of Psychopathology

Understanding Changes in DSM–5: Legal Issues


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