I never did like that question from my parents. I have an Education test tomorrow, so I should probably write about that, but frankly I do not care that much about it and feel like I haven’t learned very much. But I did learn some fascinating things today in my Psychopathology class today! And I would like to share it with you. It is sort of scary in a way, but it definitely shows the power of the mind.
For starters, for something to be categorized as abnormal behavior it must be disturbing to self or others, culturally atypical, maladaptive and unjustifiable. (So don’t diagnose yourself!) Here are two fascinating disorder I learned about today:
1. Conversion Disorder: Basically people have symptoms of physical malfunctioning without a physical or organic cause. Often the person converts psychological trauma into a physical problem. There is no biological problem as to why they are having physical problems, so it is psychological (or to us it seems like it is all in their head). It is 100% real to the people who have this disorder, however. People have gone blind and even been paralyzed because of this disorder. The treatment is tryingto get to the bottom of the real issue, getting them to talk about the trauma. The problem, however, is that they lack awareness that any trauma happened. They also do not care and do not find it strange that they woke up one morning and were blind. They do this to protect themselves from the trauma.
2. This isn’t a disorder, but it is part of something called Panic Disorder. I just want to clear up what a panic attack actually is. We throw this word around a lot without actually knowing what a panic attack is. A panic attack is when a person gets really sweaty and cannot breath. It feels like it lasts for hours and they have a restricted throat. It turns into panic disorder when they constantly worry about when/where it will happen again, which is often maladaptive. 75% of people with panic disorder are females. I thought that was interesting.
I find those both very fascinating. I’m sorry if you know someone with one of these disorders and find my fascination somewhat sick. My next blog will be a Christian view on mental illnesses.