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Abnormal Psychology

Second Edition
  • William J. Ray - Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, USA
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November 2016 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Watch the short video below to hear from author William J. Ray about the purpose of his book, Abnormal Psychology, and learn more about what’s new in the Second Edition, including features, cases, and rich video resources.



What can today’s science of psychology tell us about the individual’s experience of mental disorders?

In the Second Edition of Abnormal Psychology, author William J. Ray takes a person-first, multilevel approach toward achieving a clear and complete understanding of the newest perspectives in this exciting field. Exploring behavior and experience, neuroscience contributions, and evolutionary perspectives, Ray guides the reader across levels of analysis ranging from culture to genetics. Every chapter includes personal vignettes, cases, visual examples, and data from around the world, giving students frequent opportunities to pause and reflect. The new edition offers up-to-the-minute coverage of topics including third wave cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), brain imaging, and global mental health treatments; new stories and examples; original videos featuring clinical cases and author interviews; and new features to help students make sense of changes in the DSM–5.

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Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology: A companion case book with cases from the authors' own clinical experiences—the perfect supplement for your course. Use Bundle ISBN: 978-1-5063-8153-4.

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1 • An Overview of Psychopathology and Changing Conceptualizations of Mental Illness
Understanding Psychopathology: Definitions and Key Considerations

 
The Three Major Themes of This Book

 
The Relation of Evolution and Culture to Psychopathology

 
Historical Considerations in Understanding Psychopathology

 
Discovering the Function of the Brain in Behavior and Psychopathology

 
Care for Those With Mental Disorders

 
Biological Approaches to Treating Mental Illness

 
Psychological Treatment Perspectives in the Twentieth Century

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 2 • Neuroscience Approaches to Understanding Psychopathology
The Growing Importance of Neuroscience, Genetics, and an Evolutionary Perspective

 
Brain Anatomy, Neurons, and Neurotransmitters

 
How Do We Observe the Brain at Work?

 
Neuroethics

 
Networks of the Brain

 
Genetics and Psychopathology

 
Evolution and Psychopathology

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 3 • Research Methods
What Is Science?

 
Nonexperimental Methods of Psychological Research

 
The Experimental Method: Making It Happen

 
Designing an Experimental Study

 
Other Types of Experimental Designs and Research Considerations

 
Ethics and the Scientific Experiment

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 4 • Assessment and Classification of Psychological Disorders
Initial Assessment and the Mental Status Exam

 
Structured Interviews and Assessment Considerations

 
Models of Assessment

 
Diagnostic Considerations in Psychopathology

 
Classification Systems for Mental Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 5 • Disorders of Childhood
Important Aspects of Normal Child Development

 
Attachment Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

 
Autism Spectrum Disorder

 
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders

 
Intellectual Developmental Disorder

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 6 • Mood Disorders and Suicide
Introducing Mood Disorders

 
Major Depressive Disorder

 
Bipolar Disorder

 
Suicide

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 7 • Stress, Trauma, and Psychopathology
Psychological Stress and Psychopathology

 
The Physiological Mechanisms Related to Stress and Trauma

 
The Study of Stress

 
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders in DSM–5

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 8 • Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Overview of Anxiety Disorders

 
Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

 
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 9 • Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders
Dissociative Disorders

 
Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 10 • Eating Disorders
Overview: Feeding Disorders, Obesity, and Eating Disorders

 
Feeding Disorders

 
The Problem of Obesity

 
The Major Eating Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 11 • Sexuality Disorders and Gender Dysphoria
Sexuality in Context

 
Sexual Desire, Arousal, and Response

 
Sexual Dysfunction Disorders

 
Paraphilic Disorders

 
Gender Dysphoria

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 12 • Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Drug Use in the United States

 
Substance Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction

 
Alcohol

 
Marijuana, Hallucinogens, and Opioids

 
Stimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, and Nicotine

 
Gambling

 
Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 13 • Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia Basics: Prevalence, Course, and Symptoms

 
Historical and Evolutionary Perspectives on Schizophrenia

 
Factors in the Development of Schizophrenia

 
Causes and Effects: Neuroscience Findings About Schizophrenia

 
Treating Individuals With Schizophrenia

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 14 • Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders and Personality

 
Odd, Eccentric Personality Disorders

 
Dramatic Emotional Personality Disorders

 
Anxious Fearful Personality Disorders

 
Treatment of Personality Disorders

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 15 • Neurocognitive Disorders
Normal Cognitive Changes Related to Aging

 
Delirium

 
Mild and Major Neurocognitive Disorders

 
Prevention, Treatment, and Support

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Chapter 16 • The Law and Mental Health
The American Legal System and the Insanity Defense

 
Competency to Stand Trial

 
Ethical and Legal Issues in Treatment

 
Sexual Predator Laws

 
Neuroscience and Evolutionary Perspectives on the Legal Aspects of Psychopathology

 
Summary

 
Study Resources

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

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“The approach taken in this book is at the forefront of the science and reflects important priorities in the field.” – Aaron Luebbe, Miami University

Aaron Luebbe
Miami University

“Engaging text on abnormal psychology, with lots of case studies, to help you understand the inner experiences of those living with psychopathology.” – Zainab Delawalla, Emory University

Zainab Delawalla
Emory University

"This is probably one of the few texts available in abnormal psychology that has incorporated a genetic, neuroscientific, and sociobiological perspective."-Lynne Carroll, University of North Florida

Lynne Carroll
University of North Florida

"I chose this book because it covers neuroscience and provides great case studies to give a sense of what it’s like to live with a disorder. Both of those areas cover essential information for 21st century students." -- Jennifer A. Bradley, Northampton Community College

Jennifer A. Bradley
Northampton Community College

I appreciate the inclusion of DSM 5 concepts. Up to date research findings from the last 40 years- chapter 2 is awesome- neurotransmitters, genes, DNA, mtDNA.
Well detailed information throughout.

Dr Karen Linstrum
Behavioral Sciences Dept, East Texas Baptist University
October 13, 2017

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William J. Ray

William J. Ray is a Professor of Psychology at Penn State University. He received his PhD from Vanderbilt University and was a Fellow in Medical Psychology at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. He received his undergraduate degree from Eckerd College, where he learned about the value of primary sources and the need to integrate information from a number of perspectives. As part of his clinical training, he has worked in a number of mental hospitals and clinics across the country, where he developed an appreciation of the experiences of those with mental disorders. In his career, he has served as a visiting... More About Author

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