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.

Alzheimer's, Cognitive Disorders and Disorders Related to Aging

Alzheimer's, cognitive disorders and disorders related to aging

Learning aims

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • Be familiar with how cognition is affected by the process of aging
  • Understand the biological elements of cognitive disorders
  • Be able to explain the various types of treatment available
  • Understand the differences between various types of cognitive disorders.

Introduction

Case Study

Mr Zeidel had been a successful businessman and had been well respected in his community. He had been a Holocaust survivor and had lost his entire family to the internment camps. His first wife had died of cancer when they were both in their late fifties. With his children now adults he remarried and he and his second wife by all accounts had lived contentedly ...

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