Examine the concepts of normality and abnormality

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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. Women are more likely to suffer from depression and specific phobias while men are more likely to suffer from alcoholism.

Racial discrimination plays a very big part in the misdiagnosis of mental illness. Afro-Caribbean immigrants are 7 times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia in the UK than a white person.  This is justified by genetics as this is not the case in their own country.

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What is normal? That question poses a big problem for mental health experts as we don’t know who exactly is normal and who is abnormal and how do we use this image in comparison to the person who is diagnosing? That therefore concludes that every diagnosis has to be looked at with an open mind as every person is different.

There are many ways in which that make it easier to diagnose a possible mental health patient. Deviation from Social norms, It is based on statistics, so it determines whether a large proportion of the population have the same ...

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