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´╗┐Lili Mae Matthews Examine the Concepts of Normality and Abnormality Having a mental illness may show a considerable difference in a person?s behaviour. This may be classed as abnormal behaviour. However, it is very different to distinguish the difference of abnormality due to eccentricity or a different cultural or religious background, a different upbringing, the period of time in which you were born, age and gender are all limiting factor in the diagnosis of a mental disorder. There isn?t an exact point in which a mental health professional can rely on in the diagnosis of a disorder. We cannot put a pinpoint on which you become mentally ill because of the limitations, the fact that is that not every person?s abnormal behaviour will be down to a mental disease. There are different kinds of abnormal conditions. Absolute occur the same way with the same frequency in every culture. Universal occur in all cultures but in different frequencies. Relative, are unique to a particular culture. There are particular disorders that are more common in women than men. ...read more.


There is a certain way each culture is supposed to act in each different situation in life. The majority of people adjust their behaviour to each situation. However, a minority don?t this behaviour in the culture is seen as abnormal but it may not be due to a mental disorder it may just be because the person is eccentric. Also culture changes over time making it hard to use traditional images of what is and isn?t normal, for example people used to believe homosexuality was an abnormal behaviour until 1970. It also depends on which social class you?re in. Another way to look at normality is for it to mean the ideal mental health, while as abnormally is seen as something undesirable. It is somehow the polar opposite of the ideal mental health. This is called Deviation from Ideal Mental Health. This is attempting to create a list of characteristics which confirm what ideal mental health is. Manslow like many other psychologists defined his own hierarchy of needs. The things we need in order to survive and function properly. ...read more.


This can cause social drift, when people are diagnosed as mentally ill it can cause them to drift down the social ladder as they feel worthless. The poor treatment given with mental illnesses by possible recruiters, friends and so on will be powerful over the diagnosis of a mental illness. People believe that they have a higher social status this is a form of abuse. Doctors compromise ethical ideas for financial links with drugs and insurance companies. They are hoping to make money from the mental illnesses they are describing. The ways in which we try to diagnose mental illnesses all have their high points which can help us, however they all have a downfall in which makes in extremely difficult to make a confident diagnosis and therefore causes a list of problems which we have to overcome the limitations as every person is different. So the professionals have a standardized procedure in which to diagnose a mental disorder. This can effectively make a bad diagnosis but the healthcare professional may have to take other factors into account in order to make a correct diagnosis. ...read more.

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