Category Archives: Abnormal Psychology

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

10 Signs for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease – Infographic

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Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that affects more than 5 million men and women in the United States—particularly individuals who are over the age of 65. Common symptoms of the condition include severe memory loss, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, difficulty learning new things, difficulty recognizing loved ones, inability to perform everyday tasks, and impulsive behavior. At present, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, the condition will ultimately prove to be fatal. Continue reading

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Gerascophobia and the Psychology of Aging

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While The American Psychological Association currently only recognizes 100 phobias, it is estimated that there are actually over 500 phobias in existence throughout the world. One of the most intriguing – particularly in light of the beauty and youth obsessed age in which we live – is Gerascophobia. Continue reading

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The Startling Link Between Social Media and Mental Health – Infographic

Addicted to facebookResearch believe there are strong connections between social media use and a range of adverse mental health issues such as narcissism, depression, voyeurism, and body dysmorphia. Consider the infographic below for more information on this startling link. Continue reading

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Understanding the Psychology of Gambling

illusion of controlGambling is perceived by many individuals as merely a form of entertainment – an outlet for stress and perhaps even a form of “therapy” where person can kick back and have fun. Over the past few years, gambling has grown into a popular global pastime, appearing in a variety of guises such as horse racing, casino games, sports betting, lotteries, slot machines and other games of chance. Due to ease of access, gambling has become particularly rampant on the internet with hundreds of gambling sites having mushroomed online to meet the increasing demands of gamblers worldwide. However, while gambling has indeed become a part of everyday life, studies show that the practice can be much more dangerous than you might initially think. Continue reading

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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

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