Perspective - Journal of Psychology and Cognition (2023) Volume 8, Issue 2
An exploration of abnormal psychology and mental illness.
Abnormal psychology is a field of study that focuses on understanding, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders. It is a subfield of psychology that deals with abnormal thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that deviate from typical social norms. Mental disorders are prevalent and can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life. Understanding the nature of abnormal psychology is essential in order to develop effective treatment plans and support individuals who struggle with mental health. One of the core principles of abnormal psychology is the concept of abnormality. This refers to a deviation from typical or average thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. However, what is considered abnormal is subjective and varies across cultures and time periods. For example, depression was once considered a personal weakness, but is now widely recognized as a serious medical condition.Author(s): Mark Whisman*