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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER17

Are You Out of Your Mind?

In This Chapter

  • Determining what’s normal and what’s not
  • Getting a diagnosis with the DSM-5
  • The difference between mental illness and insanity
  • Discovering how meds can level moods and eliminate symptoms
  • Revealing the latest trends in psychotherapy

In 1973, psychologist Dr. David Rosenhan and seven other sane individuals faked mental illness to gain admission to 12 different psychiatric hospitals. It wasn’t hard; they just complained of hearing voices that said “empty, hollow, thud.” Other than this symptom, they answered every question honestly. Once in the hospital, they behaved normally—just as they would ...

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