applied branch of Psychology that focuses on assessing and treating mental illness and abnormal behaviour


also called psychopathology and abnormal psychology? answer here: Psychopathology

  • abnormal (abnormal literally means “away from the normal.”)
  • maladaptive
  • deviant

4 Ds - Indicators of Abnormality Distress - significant distress to the person and those around them Dysfunction - interfering with the person’s ability to carry out daily activities in a constructive Danger - to the person or to others Deviance - not falling under the norms

Factors influencing abnormal behaviour

History of Treating Mental Disorders