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Abnormal Psychology

case in which one loses contact with reality and experiences irrational ideas and distorted perceptions
deviant, distressful, and dysfunctional patterns of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.
a mood disorder marked by a hyperactive, wildly optimistic state
a rare somatoform disorder in which a person experiences very specific genuine physical symptoms for which no physiological basis can be found.
psychological disorders characterized by inflexible and enduring behavior patterns that impair social functioning
psychological disorder in which the symptoms take a somatic (bodily) form without apparent physical cause
tendency to blame unfortunate circumstances on self and see problems as enduring; can feed the cycle of depression
People's intensely negative assumptions about themselves lead them to magnify bad experiences and minimize good ones.
positive psychological changes as a result of struggling with extremely challenging circumstances and life crises.
a group of severe disorders characterized by disorganized and delusional thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions
an anxiety or disorder characterized by haunting memories, nightmares, social withdrawal, jumpy anxiety, and/or insomnia that lingers for four weeks or more after a traumatic experience.
A person's characteristic way of explaining his experiences. Consistently attributing bad experiences to internal, global, and stable causes may increase vulnerability to depression
a mood disorder in which the person alternates between the hopelessness and lethargy of depression and the overexcited state of mania. (Formerly called manic-depressive disorder)
a mood disorder in which a person experiences, in the absence of drugs or a medical condition, two or more weeks of significantly depressed moods, feelings of worthlessness, and diminished interest or pleasure in most activities.
false beliefs, often of persecution or grandeur, that may accompany psychotic disorders.
disorders in which conscious awareness becomes separated (dissociated) from previous memories, thoughts, or feelings
anxiety disorder marked by unwanted repetitive thoughts and/or actions
key symptoms: extreme inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity
a widely used system for classifying psychological disorders
anxiety disorder marked by a persistent, irrational fear and avoidance of a specific object, activity, or situation