What Do We Mean By Psychological Disorder? Essay

762 Words Oct 7th, 2015 4 Pages
1. When defining psychological disorder we have to question what exactly do we mean by psychological disorder. I considered the definition presented in an article by Psychology Today. They say the definition was released by DSM-5 it states, “A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbances in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental process underlying mental functioning”. According to class notes and discussions, abnormality, according to the consensus has not definition, but there are some clear elements. I think the main focus to acquire when attempting to comprehend a psychological disorder, is to consider the biological, psychological, and social aspects of that person’s life. Suffering, maladaptiveness, deviancy, violations of the standards of society, social discomfort, irrationalbility and unpredictability and dangerousness are elements of abnormality.
These elements are contributors, but no one element is sufficient enough to define or determine the underlining cause of abnormalities, also the rendition of deviancy changes as society changes. In order to determine what a psychological disorder is we must remember that there is a classification system. Classification systems provide nomenclature that allows information structuring, these systems have social and political implications, but we have to remember to only classify disorders,…

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