Paranoid Personality Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Paranoid Personality Disorder is a disorder commonly mistaken for schizophrenic personality disorders.  Schizophrenia, a psychosis, is when a person is has an image of a world and its transpiring events, and he/she is “living” it.  Paranoid Personality Disorder, however, is a neurosis where an individual is living in the real world.  This disorder, though not…

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Origin & Symptoms

Origin At least 50% of all adults and children are exposed to a psychologically traumatic event (such as a life-threatening assault or accident, human made or natural disaster, or war). As many as 67% of trauma survivors experience lasting psychosocial impairment,  including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); panic, phobic, or generalized anxiety disorders; depression; or substance…

Attention Deficit Disorder: History, Symptoms, Treatment

Attention Deficit Disorder is a long and somewhat mysterious sounding name that tries to describe something you probably already call Hyperactivity. But, attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is much more that Hyperactivity. History of ADD In 1902 children who demonstrated many of the symptoms that are today part of attention deficit disorder would be described as…

Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa: A condition characterized by intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese, as well as a distorted body image, leading to an excessive weight loss from restricting food intake and excessive exercise. Bulimia Nervosa: An eating disorder in which persistent over concern with the body weight and shape leads to repeat episodes of…

Stress, Stressors, Pain

Nature of stress Stressor: stimuli/ events in environment that place demands on us Response: stress (physiological? Cognitive? Behavioural? Person-situation Interaction: Transaction between organism & environment Stressors (Situations) Eliciting Stimuli: Place demands on well-being & require us to adapt Microstressors: daily hassles Catastrophic Events: occur unexpectedly..affect large #’s of people Major Negative Events: stressful life events…

Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Goal of treatment: Help to change maladaptive thoughts, feelings, behaviours Helping Relationships: Most therapists today use an eclectic approach (A person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.) Psychodynamic Therapy ASSUMPTIONS: Behavior is driven by biological urges, interpsychic conflict and developmental fixations GOALS: client seeks insight regarding unconscious…