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Abnormal Psychology: Myths of 'Crazy'

Author(s): Drew Curtis, Leslie Kelley

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 546

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For over a century, movies and media have promoted myths of psychopathology and normalcy that have been absorbed into our daily perception.

Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’ challenges students to reconsider the ideas they have concerning myths of “crazy” and how these ideas developed.

Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’ guides readers in the deconstruction of these myths by means of a process designed to help formulate a sound approach to abnormality and a thorough understanding of various disorders through the lens of the DSM-5. Students will learn the importance of intentionally directing attention toward the humanity of the individuals who have various disorders, in order to develop more accurate perceptions of these individuals. The goal is to reflect on the humanity within abnormality rather than reducing people to a label and stripping them of their humanity. Readers will be confronted with the idea that abnormality is not exemplified by “crazies” in a straight-jacket, void of coherent words, but rather by human persons, who are often suffering, feeling immense pain, or who have impaired functioning in their life, which may even include being void of coherent words.

If you’re ready to challenge your assumptions and expand your understanding of psychopathology, then crack this “crazy” book open and get to reading!

CHAPTER ONE Understanding Abnormality: A Look at “Crazy”

CHAPTER TWO Theory Informs Treatment

CHAPTER THREE Assessment and Diagnosis

CHAPTER FOUR The Value of Research: A Good Consumer

CHAPTER FIVE Neurodevelopmental and Elimination Disorders

CHAPTER SIX Schizophrenia Spectrum and Psychotic Disorders

CHAPTER SEVEN Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

CHAPTER EIGHT Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Related Disorders

CHAPTER NINE Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

CHAPTER TEN Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

CHAPTER ELEVEN Eating Disorders

CHAPTER TWELVE Sleep Disorders

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Sex and Gender Disorders

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Substance-Related, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders

CHAPTER FIFTEEN Neurocognitive Disorders

CHAPTER SIXTEEN Personality Disorders

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Myths and Controversies in Practice, Ethics, and Law

Drew Curtis

Dr. Drew Curtis immensely enjoys teaching, igniting students’ passion for learning, and contributing to the training of competent practitioners. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. Dr. Curtis has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, for nine years, at university and community college settings. He earned his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Curtis earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University.

His clinical experience has been primarily within university counseling centers and private practice. Dr. Curtis completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Career and Counseling Services at the University of Houston Clear Lake in Houston, TX. His research interests have focused on deception: within health care professions, in the context of therapy, intimate relationships, and parental relationships. Other research interests are teaching of psychology and postpartum and perinatal psychology. Dr. Curtis has received the Texas Woman’s University Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and has been nominated for the Angelo State University Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

As for his personal life, he is meaningfully married with five children. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, spending time with his family, and being a jungle gym for his children.

Leslie Kelley

Dr. Leslie Kelley is a Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Behavioral and Cultural Sciences Department at North Central Texas College in Corinth, TX. He ardently enjoys teaching and challenging his students to think critically about complex and controversial topics, and has taught a variety of undergraduate Psychology and Philosophy courses over the past 15 years. Dr. Kelley earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Kelley has a wide variety of research interests, including psychotherapy integration, religion and culture, human love and sexuality, the rise of the modern sciences, and the impact of politics and public opinion on science. His clinical experience includes individual and group psychotherapy at a residential addictions rehabilitations center, working with students at a college counseling center, and working with clients in private practice and a community mental health center. In 2011, he received the APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Supervision and Training Section Award for his work on the development and evaluation of a rating scale measuring new trainees’ knowledge, confidence, and intended use of key strategies from three empirically-supported treatments. Leslie and his wife, Krista, are also meaningfully married, and Dr. Curtis and Dr. Kelley like to debate about who is more meaningfully married, though Leslie and Drew would never do this around their wives! Leslie and Krista have seven children, six living. In Leslie’s free time, he dreams of having free time, and loves fishing and praying with his family, playing sports with his children, and having water balloon fights in the back yard!

Abnormal Psychology: Myths of Crazy by Drew Curtis and Leslie Kelley has been an excellent addition to my Abnormal Psychology course. The information presented in the text is clear and concise; enough information is shared for students to understand the development, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness without going into too much depth regarding one perspective (psychodynamic, neuropsychological, etc.) The content was appropriate for both psychology majors and non-psychology majors. Additionally, the textbook is current on assessment, diagnostic, and treatment practices. One of the reasons I chose to switch to this textbook over others was because of the interactive perspective of using MYTHS to examine psychopathology. This allows for students to reflect on popular myths, their experiences, and the media and discuss how these relate to accurate and inaccurate portrayals of mental illness. This has lead to lively class discussions. Overall, the textbook is not too difficult for students to read, accurate, and a valuable source of knowledge for Abnormal Psychology classes. I’ve enjoyed using this textbook and would highly recommend it to others.  
Brooke Mann | Lecturer
Fort Hays State University

Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’ authored by Dr.Drew Curtis and Dr. Leslie Kelley was one of the most impactful college textbooks that I’ve read throughout my college career. Not only does the textbook break down complex disorders and content but it makes the material relatable. Based on the overarching theme of humanism, the book shows how the main difference between the average person and someone who suffers with psychopathology is the very fact that the person suffers with psychopathology and experiences symptoms at a greater frequency to the point that it impairs their functioning. This book clearly acknowledges and addresses common and damaging myths and stigma that surround people who suffer from psychopathology, with emphasis that they are still people. We often don’t think about how functioning is impaired, we don’t see the day in and day out of people who struggle with these symptoms, but after reading this textbook you can’t help but see the turmoil and feel compassion and concern for people in these positions. Most textbooks are hard to comprehend and filled with words that students don’t even begin to understand. However, Myths of ‘Crazy’ allows for students to understand material, solidify concepts by connecting real world experience to information, and most importantly, it helps us to rethink the way we see and treat people who live with abnormal disorders, and no, it’s not too 'crazy'.
Amariah Pinchback | Student May 2019
Angelo State University

 

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