abnormal psychology


abnormal psychology

noun

Definition of ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

:  a branch of psychology concerned with mental and emotional disorders (as neuroses, psychoses, and mental retardation) and with certain incompletely understood normal phenomena (as dreams and hypnosis)

First Known Use of ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

1888

abnormal psychology

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

: a branch of psychology concerned with mental and emotional disorders (as neuroses, psychoses, and mental retardation) and with certain incompletely understood normal phenomena (as dreams and hypnosis)

abnormal psychology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of psychology. It is concerned with mental and emotional disorders (e.g., neurosis, psychosis, mental deficiency) and with certain incompletely understood normal phenomena (such as dreams and hypnosis). The chief tool used in classifying psychological disorders is the American Psychiatric Assn.'s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition (DSM-IV).

Variants of ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

abnormal psychology or psychopathology

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