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By Richard P. Halgin; Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Proposing the Human adventure of mental problems. In Richard Halgin and Susan Krauss Whitbourne’s irregular Psychology: medical views on mental problems, scholars are proven the human aspect of irregular Psychology. throughout the common use of present and hugely proper medical case reports, the biographies and first-person quotations within the actual tales characteristic, and the original case media software Faces Interactive on-line, scholars are provided with real-life portrayals of the problems featured within the textual content. the hot 6th variation comprises up to date learn insurance and elevated pedagogy, designed to maximise pupil comprehension. The textual content continues the integrative method of remedy utilizing the biopsychosocial version, the lifespan method, and the succinct assurance which have been the rules of the text's good fortune.

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In addition to considering the role of genetics, clinicians also consider the possibility that abnormal behavior may be the result of disturbances in physical functioning. Such disturbances can arise from various sources, such as medical conditions, brain damage, or exposure to certain kinds of environmental stimuli. Many medical conditions can cause a person to feel and act in ways that are abnormal. For example, a medical abnormality in the thyroid gland can cause wide variations in mood and emotionality.

Such terminology avoids labeling people as “sick” and, instead, indicates that their difficulties stem from a mismatch between their personal needs and society’s ability to meet those needs. Criticisms of the mental health establishment, such as those raised by Laing and Szasz, became more credible when researcher David Rosenhan conducted a radical study, discussed earlier, that caused many people in the scientific community to take a second look at institutionalization. Although most mental health professionals now regard the ideas of Laing and Szasz as simplistic and the Rosenhan study as methodologically flawed, their ideas have caused mental health professionals to weigh the issues that these theorists have raised.

It took a few courageous people, who recognized the inhumanity of the existing practices, to bring about sweeping reforms. The leader of the reform movement was Vincenzo Chiarugi (1759–1820). Fresh from medical school, at age 26, he was given the responsibility of heading Ospitdale di Bonifacio, the newly built mental hospital in Florence. Within a year of taking charge of the hospital, he instituted a set of revolutionary standards for the care of mental patients. These standards were a landmark in creating general principles for care of the mentally ill, including a detailed history for each patient, high hygiene standards, recreational facilities, occupational therapies, minimal use of restraints, and respect for individual dignity.

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