Techniques employed to improve psychological functioning and promote adjustment to life.
Freudian therapy designed to bring unconscious conflicts, which usually date back to early childhood experiences, into consciousness. Also Freud's theoretical school of thought emphasizing unconscious process.
In psychoanalysis, reporting whatever comes to mind without monitoring its contents.
In psychoanalysis, interpreting the underlying true meaning of dreams to reveal unconscious processes.
In psychoanalysis, the person's inability tor unwillingness to discuss or reveal certain memories, thoughts, motives, or experiences.
In psychoanalysis, the patient may displace unconscious feelings about a significant person in his or her life into the therapist.
A psychoanalyst's explaination of a patient's free associations, dreams, resistance, and transference; more generally, any statement by a therapist that presents a patient's problem in a new way.
A briefer, more directive, and more modern form of psychoanalysis that focuses on conscious processes and current problems.
A form of psychotherapy that focuses almost exclusively on the client's current relationships and issues that arise from those relationships.
Therapy that treats problem behaviors and mental processes by focusing on faulty thought processes and beliefs.
Process in cognitive therapy to change destructive thoughts or inappropriate interpretations.
Rational emotive behavior therapy
Ellis's congnitive therapy to eliminate emotional problems through rational examination of irrational beliefs.
Individual experiences negative feelings, which reinforce the original irrational beliefs.
Disputing irrational beliefs
Individual challenges irrational beliefs, which changes negative emotions.
The godfather of cognitive behavior therapy, suggests irrational beliefs are the primary culprit in problem emotions and behaviors.
Developed another cognitive behavior therapy that focused on identifying thinking patterns in depression prone people.
Focusing selectively on negative events while ignoring positive events. "How come I'm the only one alone at this party?"
Drawing negative conclusions about one's self worth. Believing you are worthless because you failed an exam.
Exaggerating the importance of undesirable events or personal shortcomings, and seeing them as catastrophic and unchangeable.
All or nothing thinking
Everything is either all good or all bad, success or failure, right or wrong. "If I don't get straight As, I'll never get a job."
Criticisms of cognitive therapy
Ignore unconscious processes, overemphasizing rationality, and minimizing the importance of the client's past.
Therapy that focuses on removing obstacles that block personal growth and potential.
Client centered therapy
Roger's therapy emphasizing the client's natural tendency to become healthy and productive; techniques include empathy, unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and active listening.
In Rogerian terms, authenticity or congruence; the awareness of one's true inner thoughts and feelings and being able to share them honestly with others.
Listening with total attention to what another is saying; involves reflecting, paraphrasing, and clarifying what the person says and means.
Best known humanistic therapist who developed an approach that encourages people to actualize their potential and relate to others in genuine ways.
Criticisms of humanistic therapies
Self actualization and self awareness are difficult to test scientifically, research has shown mized results.
Self help group
Leaderless or nonprofessionally guided groups in which members assist each other with a specific problem, as in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Advantages of group therapy
Less expense, group support, insight and information, and behavior rehearsal or role play.
A therapy in which the primary aim is to change maladaptive family interaction patterns.
Group of techniques based on learning priciples used to change maladaptive behaviors. (Not underlying cause)
A gradual process of extinguishing a learned fear by working through a hierarchy of fear-evoking stimuli while staying deeply relaxed.
Ranked listing of 10 or so anxiety-arousing images. Client works up the list to stop anxiety by using relaxation techniques.
Aversion therapy for alcoholism
A nausea producing drug is mixed with alcoholic beverages to create an aversion for drinking.
Being rewarded for successive approximations of the target behavior, and is an operant technique.
Behavior rehearsal, or practicing behaviors and getting feedback and reinforcement from clinician.
Behavior therapists work to gradually shape clients toward rewards that are typical of life outside the clinical setting.
Behavior therapy increases a person's freedom by making controls overt and teaching people to change behavior.
Using biological interventions (drugs, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychosurgery) to treat psychological disorders.
Medications used to produce relaxation, reduce anxiety, and decrease overarousal in the brain. Also known as anxiolytics. (Benzodiazepines)
Medications used to diminish or eliminate hallucinations, delusions, withdrawal, and other symptoms of psychosis; also known as neuroleptics or major tranquilizers.(Phenothiazines, Butyrophenones)
Mood stabilizer drugs
Medications used to treat the combination of manic episodes and depression characteristic of bipolar disorders. (Such as lithium).
Medications used to treat depression, some anxiety disorders, and certain eating disorders (such as bulimia). (MAOIs, SSRIs, SNRIs, and tricyclics)
Operative procedures on the brain designed to relieve severe mental symptoms that have not responded to other forms of treatment.
Outmoded medical procedure for mental disorders, which involved cutting nurve pathways between the frontal lobes and the thalamus and hypothalamus.
Movement disorder involving facial muscles, tongue, and limbs; a possible side effect of long term use of antipsychotic medications.
A moderate electrical current is passed through the brain ans between two electrodes places on the outside of the head.
rTMS (Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation)
Biomedical treatment involving repeated pulses of magnetic energy being passed through the brain.
Five goals of therapy
Attempts to change disturbed thoughts, disturbed emotions, disturbed behaviors, intrapersonal and life situation difficulties, and biomedical disturbances.
Combining techniques from various theories to find the most appropriate treatment.
Six types of professionals
Clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric social workers, and school psychologists.
Naming the problem, qualities of the therapists, therapist credibility, familiar framework, techniques that bring relief, and a special time and place.
In some areas, emphasis is on self, independence and control, where other areas the focus is on interdependence and accepting the realities of life.
Five concerns for women
Rates of diagnosis of mental disorders, stress of poverty, stress of aging, violence against women, and stress of multiple roles.
This happens when a person is believed to be a danger to themselves or others, in serious need of treatment, or there is no reasonable, less restrictive alternative.
Discharging patients from mental hospitals as soon as possible and discouraging admissions.
How to find good therapy
Shop around, and consult your doctors or counselors for referrals, or call hospital for emergencies.
Five techniques for psychoanalysis
Free association, dream analysis, resistance, transference, and interpretation.