The Importance Of Abnormal Psychology

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INTRODUCTION For September Semester 2015, OUM learners who taking the subject ABPC2103 Abnormal Psychology, are required to write an assignment on bio-psychosocial approach in managing psychological disorders and examine the relationship between bio-psychosocial and spiritual elements in treating various types of psychological disorder. Abnormal psychology is one of the most widespread fields in psychology studies. Abnormality is very subjective as one is considered abnormal when he or she is in distress, impairment of function, risk to self or others and gives atypical response. Wikipedia (2015) stated that “Abnormal psychology is the branch of psychology that studies unusual patterns of behaviour, emotion and thought, which may or may not be understood as precipitating a mental disorder. Although many behaviours could be considered as abnormal, this branch of psychology generally deals with behaviour in a clinical context.” McLeod (2014) said that abnormal psychology is a division of psychology that studies people who are “abnormal” or “atypical” compared to the members of a given society. While, Boyd (n.d.) suggested abnormal psychology is the study of abnormal thoughts, feelings and behaviours. These abnormal symptoms may or may not be part of a larger mental illness, or psychopathology, but abnormal psychologists usually work to treat people with mental illness, even if it’s just a temporary case of the blues. Psychological disorders treatment

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