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Abnormal Psychology in Context Voices and Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0395874513
ISBN-13: 9780395874516
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 1/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

This engaging collection of more than 40 first-person accounts and narratives illustrates key issues associated with psychological disorders through the experiences of affected individuals, their families, and their therapists. Students gain a broader understanding of the effects of psychological disorders on social relationships.

Anxiety Disorders
I Am Not Afraid Barbara Grizzutti Harrison Psychological
Concept:panic disorder
A noted writer suffering from panic disorder tells of the many fears that limit her daily activities
A Fear of Snakes Raeann Dumont Psychological
Concept:specific phobia
A man develops a fear of snakes and is driven to ensure that none are near him
The Accident
That Didn't Happen
Psychological Concept:obsessive-compulsive disorder
Suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder
Dr. S. tells of the anxiety and embarrassment that come from often doubting his actions and having to constantly recheck them Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnam Veterans
Psychological Concept:posttraumatic stress disorder
A veteran tells of the unrelenting nightmares, anger, isolation, and mistrust he continues to suffer since returning from combat in the Vietnam War
Dissociative Disorders
The Divided Woman
Psychological Concept:dissociative amnesia
Returning from a trip that she kept secret from her parents
A second-year pharmacy student suddenly forgets her entire life and begins psychotherapy
Hypnosis, and drug treatment to recover from dissociative amnesia
The Myth of Repressed Memory
Psychological Concept:repressed memory
A psychologist and expert in memory presents the views of those who support
Evidence obtained from repressed memory and of those who question such evidence
I Have Multiple Personality
Disorder Quiet Storm Psychological
Concept:dissociative identity disorder
Speaking of herself in first-person plural
A woman who was a victim of child abuse reflects on the anguish of dissociative identity disorder
Somatoform Disorders and Factitious Disorders
Phantom Illness Carla Cantor Psychological
Concept:hypochondriasis
Convinced that she has lupus
A life-threatening autoimmune disease
A young wife and mother tells how hypochondriasis puts her life on hold
The Broken Mirror
Psychological Concept:body dysmorphic disorder
An attractive, young woman obsessively worries that her normal
Attractive skin is not normal
So much so that she avoids social contact and seeks surgery for the imagined defect
Patient or Pretender
Psychological Concept:factitious disorder
Stunned by the breakup of her engagement
A young woman is so bereft that to get attention she convinces others that she has cancer
Mood Disorders Suffering From Depression
Psychological Concept:depression
A writer describes the tormenting effects of depression
The way in which the illness takes over her life, and the hope
That antidepressants such as Prozac offer
An Unquiet Mind
Psychological Concept:bipolar disorder
A clinical psychologist describes her experiences with bipolar disorder
An illness over which she has gained control and about which she is now a recognized expert
Suicide A Time to Listen: Preventing
Youth Suicide Patricia Hermes
Psychological Concept:preventing youth suicide
Concerned about the frequency of suicides among young people
A woman tells how listening and caring may prevent troubled youth from committing suicide
Sunshower
Psychological Concept:recovering from the suicide of a loved one
A courageous woman tells how she survived her husband's unexpected suicide when he was in his thirties and life was full of promise
Darkness Visible
Psychological Concept:deciding not to commit suicide
A Pulitzer prize-winning author was so overcome with depression that suicide seemed the only solution
In one startling moment, however, he had an experience that compelled him to change his mind
Psychological Factors and Medical Conditions
Is It Worth Dying For?
Psychological Concepts: heart attack, stress, type
A behavior After suffering a heart attack, a physician realizes that his type
A behavior and the stress he put himself under contributed to his illness
In Bed Joan Didion Psychological Concept:migraine headaches
A noted writer describes the tensions in her life that precipitate her migraine headaches
Days of
Psychological Concepts: AIDS, coping, social support
A tennis champion points to the social support and coping strategies
That sustained him when he discovered he had received a blood transfusion tainted with the AIDS virus
Thorns into Feathers: Coping with Chronic Illness
Psychological Concepts: chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, coping
A man explains how a change in lifestyle helps him adapt to chronic fatigue syndrome
Schizophrenia Welcome Silence
My Triumph Over
Psychological Concept:schizophrenia
A woman who made a remarkable recovery from schizophrenia
With therapy and medication describes the voices
She heard and the imaginary events that were part of her illness
Tell Me I'm Here
Psychological Concept:schizophrenia and the family
A South Australian woman describes the torment brought to her and her family
As a result of her son's schizophrenia
I Feel Cheated by Having
This Illness
Psychological Concept:schizophrenia
An African-American man tells of his battle with schizophrenia and of the treatment that is helping him
Personality Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders
The Duke of Deception
Psychological Concept:antisocial personality disorder
A well-known writer painfully discovers that his father's behavior was frequently deceitful
Impulsive, irresponsible, or criminal
Girl, Interrupted
Psychological Concept:borderline personality disorder
A young woman describes how she was hospitalized for self-destructive
Behavior and diagnosed with borderline personality disorder
Losing Your Shirt
Psychological Concept:compulsive gambling
Two young men detail their addiction to pathological gambling
And describe the ways it destroyed trust and relationships
Substance-Related Disorders
My Descent into Alcoholism
Psychological Concept:alcohol dependence
An editor and columnist tells of the power alcohol had over her
Her refusal to recognize her addiction, and the damage it brought to her health
Getting Better: Inside Alcoholics
Anonymous
Psychological Concept:recovery from alcohol dependence
A veteran reporter discusses how Alcoholics
Anonymous and the medication
Antabuse helped her overcome alcohol addiction
Dying to Be
Psychological Concept:steroid abuse
A high school student, determined to be a football star
Decides to take steroids and suffers severe physical and psychological changes
Cocaine: Helen's Story
Psychological Concept:cocaine dependence
A woman who has a seizure brought on by using cocaine describes

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