Category Archives: Abnormal Psychology

Articles on Abnormal Psychology – the scientific study of aberrant patterns of thought, emotion and behavior.

Peering Into The Science of Alcoholism

Psychology of alcoholismAlcoholism is nothing new to modern society, but we have only recently begun to understand it in the past century. Alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and alcoholism throughout history has often been portrayed as silly, stupid or even an endearing characteristic. We’ve all seen the movies or read a book where a funny drunk is stumbling about saying ridiculous things in broken speech patterns. However, we’ve come to realize it is a much more serious issue than that would suggest. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects 15 million people in the US alone, and 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol use each year according to the Center for Disease Control.

What is Alcoholism?

You can get drunk or even die because of intoxication without actually being an alcoholic. After all, a drunk driver can die in an accident after only one night of drinking. So, what makes a person an alcoholic? Continue reading “Peering Into The Science of Alcoholism” »

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3 Ways Botox Helps Special Needs Children

Male doctor holding disabled  toddler patient on lap

 

While Botox is often thought of as the confidence boosting go-to choice for wealthy housewives, it can be used for much more than just getting rid of wrinkles and making you look younger. There are many alternative uses in the medical field. Continue reading “3 Ways Botox Helps Special Needs Children” »

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Elle Fanning Brings Attention To The Effects Of Bulimia In New Short Film

The new film in which Elle Fanning stars is meant to raise awareness of the mental and physical toll eating disorders take on teens, but some are saying its gruesomeness is a bit much. Continue reading “Elle Fanning Brings Attention To The Effects Of Bulimia In New Short Film” »

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Understanding and Conquering Phobias

fearFor most of humankind’s journey through the ages, daily life was fraught with genuine perils and terror of the unknown. Thus, it’s only natural that we experience instinctively fearful reactions to certain stimuli in the modern world, even when such fear is irrational. Problems occur when an illogical fear becomes extreme and causes a change of general behavior. Such fears are known as phobias, and identifying their presence is the first step toward overcoming them. Continue reading “Understanding and Conquering Phobias” »

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