Author Pamilla Ramsden presents a thorough understanding of abnormal psychology for undergraduate students with a focus on the integration of psychology, biology and health. Understanding Abnormal Psychology: Clinical and Biological Perspectives goes beyond a descriptive overview of clinical disorders to provide a critical appreciation of the multifaceted aspects of mental illness. Each disorder is clearly and succinctly explained with the support of case studies. These examples are then used to introduce students to the debates surrounding current research, the biology of abnormal disorders and standards of treatment. The bridge between the biological elements of brain functioning and the psychological mechanisms that are responsible for coping and adjustment is thoroughly explored. This valuable consideration of the range of elements involved in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders gives students a broad and critical understanding of this complex and fascinating field.

Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

Learning aims

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • Understand schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Be familiar with the various types of schizophrenia
  • Comprehend the psychosocial and biopsychological models of schizophrenia
  • Be able to identify the various treatments used in schizophrenia


Case Study

In His Own Words: ‘My Schizophrenia Experience’

Thirty years I've been a schizophrenic and like many people – I'm still lonely, isolated and socially excluded. Life plainly isn't fair but schizophrenia does include a cruel twist; society's ongoing myth states that schizophrenics can't be trusted – like the British weather – but it also declares that they are a real danger to society.

Two years after I was diagnosed with schizophrenia – the passing of the 1983 Mental Health ...

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