Abnormal Psychology

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Abnormal psychology focuses on the study of human behavior that deviates from societal norms and could potentially affect growth in our psychological health based on the “four Ds”:

  • Deviance
  • Dysfunctional
  • Distress
  • Dangerous

These “four Ds” are the defining types of measurement that most psychologists follow in determining normal to abnormal conduct for most, however, not always accurate. Extremities of any one of these “four Ds” are more commonly termed as 'mental disorders' ranging from addiction, personality disorders, suicide and more. Constructed from psychoanalytic, psychiatric and clinical research, abnormal psychology is the general scientific and systematic process in which we can understand and diagnose abnormal conduct.

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