Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-05
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This rich collection of case studies integrates contemporary and recognizable classic cases to illustrate a wide range of clinical and legal issues related to abnormal psychology. Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology brings the field of abnormal psychology to life for students with its rare combination of readability, humor, and strong scholarship. Students gain a greater understanding of what a person experiences, and how he/she reacts to the diverse factors studied in psychopathology, as they apply principles of abnormal psychology to these cases. Each case in this book contains the full background material relevant to etiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations. Also, significant family and social history data are presented in order to give students a clear picture of how specific behavior patterns were generated and maintained.

Author Biography

Christopher M. Weaver is a Research Fellow with the Center for Health Care Evaluation and National Center for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, as well as with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction and Major Historical Developmentsp. xi
Concepts of Abnormalityp. 1
The DSMsp. 2
Rates of Mental Disordersp. 2
A Presumably Normal Person Potentially Viewed as Pathologicalp. 3
The Case of O. J. Simpsonp. 4
Theories and Techniquesp. 14
Multiple Theoretical Views on Moderate Anxiety, Depression, and Simple Phobiasp. 14
The Case of Daniellep. 15
The Various Mental Health Professionalsp. 27
An Overall Perspective on Treatment Changep. 28
The Anxiety Disordersp. 31
The Three Little Boys: Hans, Albert, and Peterp. 32
The Case of Little Hansp. 32
The Case of Little Albertp. 33
The Case of Little Peterp. 34
Agoraphobiap. 35
The Case of Agnesp. 36
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorderp. 42
The Case of Bessp. 44
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorderp. 49
The Case of Paulp. 50
The Dissociative and Sleep Disordersp. 58
Multiple Personality Disorderp. 59
The Case of Anna O.p. 60
Sleep Disordersp. 65
The Case of Samp. 66
The Case of Ilsep. 68
The Somatoform Disordersp. 72
Somatoform Disorder Subcategoriesp. 72
The Case of "Alix" (Empress Alexandra Fedorovna)p. 75
Pain Disorderp. 79
The Case of Pamp. 80
The Schizophrenic and Delusional (or Paranoid) Disordersp. 86
Undifferentiated Schizophreniap. 89
The Case of Sallyp. 89
Paranoid Schizophreniap. 96
The Case of Daniel Paul Schreberp. 97
The Case of John Forbes Nash, Jr.p. 102
The Affective (or Mood) Disorders and Suicidep. 104
Major Depressive Disorder Associated with a Suicide Attemptp. 105
The Case of Joseph Westbeckerp. 107
Postpartum Depression (PPD)p. 112
The Case of Brooke Shieldsp. 113
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Psychosis)p. 122
The Case of Virginia Woolfp. 124
The Psychosexual Disordersp. 130
The Case of Alfred Kinseyp. 130
Sexual Addictionp. 132
The Case of William Clintonp. 133
Paraphiliasp. 137
The Case of Jeffrey Dahmerp. 138
Pedophiliap. 144
Megan's Lawp. 145
Sexual Predator Legislationp. 146
Transvestismp. 147
Gender Identity Disorderp. 147
The Case of Bruce/Brendap. 148
Sexual Dysfunctionsp. 154
The Case of Timp. 155
Female Psychosexual Dysfunctionp. 160
The Case of Marilyn Monroep. 161
The Substance Use Disordersp. 165
Alcohol Dependence and Abusep. 167
The Case of Betty Fordp. 168
Prescription Drug Abusep. 177
Polysubstance Dependencep. 177
The Case of Elvis Presleyp. 178
Nicotine Dependencep. 181
The Case of Dr. S.p. 182
The Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosap. 185
Anorexia Nervosap. 185
The Cases of Karen Carpenter and Christina Riccip. 186
Bulimia Nervosap. 192
The Case of Princess Dianap. 193
The Personality Disordersp. 200
Personality Types and Their Potential Disordersp. 201
The Histrionic Personality Disorderp. 202
The Case of Hildep. 203
The Antisocial Personality Disorderp. 208
The Case of Theodore Bundyp. 209
The Schizoid Personality Disorderp. 217
The Case of Theodore Kaczynskip. 218
Malignant Narcissismp. 225
The Case of Adolf Hitlerp. 226
The Case of Joseph Stalinp. 227
The Case of Saddam Husseinp. 229
Disorders of Impulse Controlp. 232
Pathological Gamblingp. 233
The Case of Fyodor Dostoyevskyp. 234
Kleptomaniap. 238
The Case of Winona Ryderp. 238
The Case of John Lennonp. 240
Disorders with Violencep. 243
Causes of Violencep. 243
The Case of Jack Rubyp. 244
Serial Killersp. 250
The Case of Hermann Mudgett (Dr. Henry Holmes)p. 251
The Death Penaltyp. 252
Family Violence: Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children and Spouse Abusep. 254
The Case of Charlesp. 255
The Case of Abbyp. 257
Disorders of Childhood and Adolescencep. 262
The Case of Albert Einsteinp. 263
Developmental Language Disorderp. 264
The Case of Delanop. 265
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorderp. 269
The Case of Mattp. 271
Autistic Disorderp. 274
The Case of Temple Grandinp. 276
Separation Anxiety Disorder Associated with School Refusalp. 278
The Case of Juliep. 279
Oppositional Defiant Disorderp. 284
The Case of Phyllisp. 285
School Violencep. 289
The Case of Seung-Hui Chop. 290
Identity Development Crisis or Disorderp. 294
The Case of Mr. E.p. 295
Organic Mental Disorders and Mental Retardationp. 297
Recovery of Functions Following Removal of Dominant Brain Hemispherep. 297
The Case of Harryp. 300
Parkinson's Disease and Psuedo-Parkinson's Diseasep. 301
The Case of Muhammad Alip. 302
Alzheimer's Diseasep. 304
The Case of Ronald Reaganp. 306
Mental Retardationp. 310
The Case of Daryl Renard Atkinsp. 311
Legal Issues and Psychological Practicep. 314
Malingering, Factitious Disorder, or True Disorder?p. 314
Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS)p. 316
The Case of Marnap. 317
Criminal Responsibility, Competency to Stand Trial, and Dangerousness, and a Case of Borderline Personality Disorderp. 321
The Case of John Hinckleyp. 325
Postscript Positive Mental Healthp. 332
Referencesp. 337
Indexp. 349
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