Reflectionon the Abnormal Psychology Class
The significance of the Abnormal psychology class to me cannot beunderestimated. All the information I acquired from the class wassignificant because it either enriched what I knew or informed me(new information). The most significant new information I acquiredwas Alzheimers. This information is very important to me because mymother was diagnosed with Alzheimers. I acquired a lot of new andrelevant information regarding this condition. Before the class, Icould not (clearly) distinguish between Alzheimer’s and dementia(Butcher et al., 2013). The abnormal psychology class enabledme to understand that Alzheimers is just but one of the most commoncauses of dementia and that is why many people cannot distinguishbetween the two. I was able to learn that, in Alzheimers, unlike thecase for dementia, memory loss interferes with daily life as thecondition progresses.
The class had such a great impact on my life such that, today, I feelthat everyone should know something about abnormal psychology, if noteverything. I feel that enlightenment on this subject is paramount inbuilding relationships, improving communication (all categories),building self-confidence and enriching careers. The knowledge Iacquire from the class has helped me to understand why some peoplebehave in a strange way. Before then, I could not have understoodthem. But since then, I even take time to share my knowledge withpeople who interact with individuals who suffer from suchabnormalities. I feel that the government, through its agencies,should develop a program to enlighten people about Alzheimers anddementia at large (Dubois et al., 2014). This came after theunderstanding that it would go a long way in enlightening the societyon how to live with people with such abnormalities. Knowledge ofabnormal psychology has not only helped me to understand thebehaviors of such individuals but also to predict their character.
I intend to use the knowledge acquired from the Abnormal psychologyclass to provide day-to-day support to relatives and friends whosuffer from the disease. Many people who have little knowledge onAlzheimers might not be able to understand patient’s problems withmemory loss, communication, reasoning, and orientation (Durand &Barlow, 2012). With this knowledge, however, I stand a betterposition to understand these patients and provide them withday-to-day support. Alzheimer`s patients seem nagging to those who donot understand them because they keep asking repeated questions andget easily agitated. Knowledge acquired from the lesson will help meto understand that these are not their true characters but symptomsof an abnormality Alzheimers. As a therapist, I would use theenvironmental vulnerability-stress threshold model (Dubois et al.,2014). This is because many people suffer from Alzheimers due to lossof coping skills. I would, therefore, consider an environment withreduced stimulation and offer relaxation therapy.
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