Be sure to read the Weekly Content before attempting this Discussion exercise. After completing the Weekly reading, return to the discussion here and respond to the following questions.
This week we studied psychological disorders. Which one of the disorders (please choose ONE specific disorder; not multiple disorders or a category/class of disorders) covered in your lessons do you think would be the most challenging to have and why? Which of its symptoms would prove the most difficult for you? What would you most need from society and loved ones if you had the disorder you selected? What might be some treatment options you could pursue to alleviate symptoms of your selected disorder?
READING:A psychological disorder is a condition characterized by abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Psychopathology is the study of psychological disorders, including their symptoms, etiology (i.e., their causes), and treatment. The term psychopathology can also refer to the manifestation of a psychological disorder. Although consensus can be difficult, it is extremely important for mental health professionals to agree on what kinds of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are truly abnormal in the sense that they genuinely indicate the presence of psychopathology. Psychologists work to distinguish psychological disorders from inner experiences and behaviors that are merely situational, idiosyncratic, or unconventional.