Essay about Abnormal Psychology & Therapy
July 2, 2010
Abnormal Psychology and Therapy
Upon researching what the word psychology means many definitions may be found. However, once all those definitions have been deciphered you will find that psychology is the study of an individual’s mental and emotional state and thought processes. The intention of therapy within psychology is to diagnose, treat, and in time help individuals improve from whatever psychological infirmity that they are experiencing. Comparison and Contrast of Normal and Abnormal Psychology The word normal is characterized by what the majority of a society views as typical. Depending on the culture of an individual the meaning of …show more content…
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood swings and causes manic episodes. Kowalski and Westen (2009) stated, “Individuals with bipolar disorder have manic episodes but often experience both emotional poles, depression and mania” (Chapter 14, p. 535). A Bipolar manic episode can make a Bipolar suffer feel extremely happy, energetic and restless when in a high manic mood. A low mood episode can cause sadness, hopelessness, and tiered. Bipolar illness can affect the life of suffers by making it difficult to live a normal life. Scientists believe that Bipolar is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. A cure has not been found for bipolar, but it can be treated with medicine.
Similarities among Therapies in Treating Disorders There are four different approaches that can be taken when dealing with the treatment of mental