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Abnormal Psychology
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Abnormal Psychology

Third Edition


December 2019 | 704 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Abnormal Psychology, best-selling 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, this book draws from work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, epidemiology, ethology, and genetics. Ray focuses on unifying and integrating the biopsychosocial understandings of human behavior within a broader consideration of human culture and language as it applies to abnormal psychology. With coverage of DSM–5, ICD–11, and RDoC, the fully revised Third Edition puts even greater emphasis on the range of human experiences and medical comorbidities and includes additional references to representations of mental health in popular culture to connect readers with familiar examples.

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Also of Interest: Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology take readers beyond theory into real-life situations drawn from the clinical experience of authors Kenneth N. Levy, Kristen M. Kelly, and William J. Ray. Bundle Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology with Abnormal Psychology, Third Edition for even more savings.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 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

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 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?

 
Neuroethics

 
Networks of the Brain

 
Genetics and Psychopathology

 
Evolution and Psychopathology

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 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

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 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

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 5 • Childhood and Adolescent-Onset Disorders
Important Aspects of Normal Childhood Development

 
Attachment Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

 
Autism Spectrum Disorder

 
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders

 
Intellectual Developmental Disorder

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 6 • Mood Disorders and Suicide
Introducing Mood Disorders

 
Major Depressive Disorder

 
Bipolar Disorder

 
Suicide

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 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

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 8 • Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Overview of Anxiety Disorders

 
Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

 
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 9 • Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders
Dissociative Disorders

 
Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 10 • Eating Disorders
Overview: Feeding Disorders, Obesity, and Eating Disorders

 
Feeding Disorders

 
The Problem of Obesity

 
The Major Eating Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 11 • Sexual Disorders, Paraphilic Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria
Sexuality in Context

 
Sexual Desire, Arousal, and Response

 
Sexual Dysfunction Disorders

 
Paraphilic Disorders

 
Gender Dysphoria

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

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

 
Substance Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction

 
Alcohol

 
Marijuana, Hallucinogens, and Opioids

 
Stimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, and Nicotine

 
Gambling

 
Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 13 • Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia Basics: Prevalence, Course, and Symptoms

 
Historical and Evolutionary Perspectives on Schizophrenia

 
Factors in the Development of Schizophrenia

 
Causes and Effects: Neuroscience Findings About Schizophrenia

 
Treating Individuals With Schizophrenia

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 14 • Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders and Personality

 
Odd, Eccentric Personality Disorders

 
Dramatic Emotional Personality Disorders

 
Anxious, Fearful Personality Disorders

 
Treatment of Personality Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 15 • Neurocognitive Disorders
Normal Cognitive Changes Related to Aging

 
Delirium

 
Mild and Major Neurocognitive Disorders

 
Prevention, Treatment, and Support

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 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

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

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