Since the beginning of time there has been a superior obsession with the human mind and how it works. There are some people that believe that humans evolved and were not created. Whatever a human believes it or not it is very apparent that whatever you believe or don't believe the mind is still one of the greatest mysteries. A person's mental capabilities and mental weaknesses can be analyzed from all sorts of angles such as biological, psychosocial, and socio-cultural model, which I will be discussing in this paper. This paper will then go on to cover the origin of abnormal psychology, early theorists, how the study and beliefs of abnormal psychology has changed, also reasons past and present for abnormal behavior.
What is considered to be abnormal to one person may be completely normal to another. In the course of history there has always been a debate as to what is socially acceptable for behavior and what isn't. Every individual has a variety of variables that can affect that individual's mental status. However, there have been circumstances and situations in which the development of a person was considered normal and an abnormality of behavior appeared. The mind is a study within itself. It is puzzling yet amazing at the same time where the study of the mind has been and where it is currently headed.
[...] This movement is still being used today and is known as humanism. It was during this period that asylums were created to house people deemed mentally ill. This period created a mental hygiene movement. This movement was about that mentally ill patients be treated fairly and that their wellbeing was important. A New Englander named Dorothea Dix brought to the forefront those people with mental health issue that had been forgotten about. In 1848 she submitted a letter to Congress addressing these concerns. [...]
[...] It is what I would call a complete guide to life past, present, and future. It clearly details past events and the origins from where they came. However, for the people who believe otherwise, there were two Egyptian papyri going back to the sixteenth century that were discovered. These two papyri supposedly provided information to the treatment of behavior disorder and also the treatment of diseases (Okasha & Okasha, 2000). One of these papyrus was named after the person who discovered it, a man named Edwin Smith. [...]
[...] By this time the Greeks had discovered a new way of healing. This period was also known as The Golden Age of Greece. It was led by direction of Pericles from461 to 429 B.C. It was also a period known where great strides were taken in the progress of treatment for people who had mental disorders. A key figure in early medical procedures and beliefs was a Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377B.C.). Hippocrates assumed that the brain was the innermost organ of logical action and that psychological turmoil was due because of the brains pathology. [...]
[...] First, being blood (sanguis), phlegm, bile (choler), and black bile (melancholies). It is with these combinations that a person's temperament is affected and whichever behavior is more dominant than the next is displayed. It is around this time that the focus of abnormal behavior began to shift from a more traditional approach to a scientific approach. Unlike before where attention was primarily focused on the treatment it is now being focused more so on detailed reasons for the occurrences. In the beginning, Melancholia (depression) has been the number one researched illness (Radden, 2000). [...]
[...] Greece was not the only country prominent in the study of psychological disorders. China was also one of the original civilizations that the use of medicine and attention was used; It was during China's age known as Dark where treatments of people with mental illnesses were not treated so well. During this age there was a return to the views of biological issues playing a factor for the reasons for mental disorders. Also the somatic (bodily) views that placed an emphasis on psychosocial factors that continued for other centuries as well. [...]
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