Acta Psychopathologica

About Acta Psychopathologica

Acta Psychopathologica is a peer-reviewed and an open access journal that makes significant contributions to major areas of psychology. This journal helps psychotherapists who are facing complexities and controversies along with the cutting edge aspects of Psychopathological Dysfunctions and Psychiatric Diagnosis.

Acta Psychopathologica focus on topics related to Psychopathology of Depression, Adult Psychopathology, Child Psychopathology, Criminal Psychopathology, Clinical Psychopathology, Developmental Psychopathology, Bipolar Disorder Psychopathology, Pyromania, Psychogenic Tremor, Neuropsychiatry, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Akathisia, Multiple Personality Disorder, Psychopathological Disorder, Psychopathology of Anorexia Nervosa.

The aim of this Journal is to produce high quality articles on related aspects of psychology and psychopathology which can improve outcomes for persons suffering from mental health problems and moreover mitigate the conditions related to psychology globally.

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Psychopathological Dysfunctions

This term involves maladaptive behaviour that impairs the individuals ability to perform normal daily functions. Such maladaptive behaviours prevent the individual from living a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Dysfunctional behaviour is not always caused by a disorder it may be voluntary. These dysfunctions include depression, dementia, psychosis, sleep disorders arising from Parkinson′s and Huntington′s disease, Tourette′s syndrome, as well as multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration.

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Psychiatric Diagnosis

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is an official guideline for the diagnosis of psychological disorders. It serves as reference for a range of professionals in the field of health and mental health.

Some of the examples of DSM: • Major Depressive Disorder • Bipolar Disorders • Dysthymia • Schizophrenia • Borderline Personality Disorder • Bulimia Nervosa • Phobias • Pyromania.

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Psychopathology of Depression

Major Depressive Disorder is a mood disorder defined by symptoms of loss of motivation, decreased mood, lack of energy and thoughts of suicide. Bipolar Disorders are mood disorders characterized by depressive and manic episodes of varying lengths and degrees.

Symptoms include:

Fatigue or loss of energy

Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

Impaired concentration, indecisiveness

Restlessness or feeling slowed down

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Adult Psychopathology

Adult Psychopathology focuses on psychopathology and behavioral, cognitive and emotional disorders in adults. Behavioral, cognitive, socioemotional, neurobiological, behavioral and molecular genetic, and neuroimaging approaches are examined.

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Child Psychopathology

Child Psychopathology is the manifestation of psychological disorders in children and adolescents. Oppositional defiant disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder are examples of child psychopathology. Child psychology aims to help parents, teachers and care workers ensure an environment favorable to childrens emotional, cognitive and social development.

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Criminal Psychopathology

Criminal Psychology also referred to as criminological psychology is the study of the wills, thoughts, intentions and reactions of criminals, all that partakes in the criminal behavior. It is related to the field of criminal anthropology.

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Clinical Psychopathology

Clinical psychology is the psychological specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families. Clinical psychologists have to make functional diagnoses regarding intellectual level, cognitive, emotional, social, behavioural functioning, mental and psychological disorders.

In general clinical psychology tries to assess and treat various mental illnesses, psychiatric problems and abnormal behaviour. It applies psychological principles to the assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of psychological distress, disabilities, dysfunctional behaviour and others.

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Psychopathological Disorder

The term psychological disorder is sometimes used to refer to what are more frequently known as mental disorders or psychiatric disorders. Mental disorders are patterns of behavioral or psychological symptoms that impact multiple areas of life. 

The following list includes some of the major categories of disorders described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM):

Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Personality Disorders, Sleep-Wake Disorders, Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorder, Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Feeding and Eating Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders.

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Developmental Psychopathology

Developmental Psychopathology is an approach or field of study designed to better understand the complexities of human development. Its primary goal is to chart the diverse pathways individuals take in the development of psychological difficulties (aggression, depression, substance use) and normal or optimal psychological health (self-esteem, scholastic success, moral development). Developmental Psychopathology is the study of the development of psychological disorders, such as psychopathy, autism, schizophrenia and depression.

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Bipolar Disorder Psychopathology

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as Manic Depressive Illness, is an affective disorder characterized by alternating periods of mania and depression. A person mood may be extremely irritable and impulsive during the manic phase, and extremely sad and lethargic during the depressive phase.

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Psychopathology of Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by the inability to maintain a minimally normal weight, a devastating fear of weight gain, relentless dietary habits that prevent weight gain, and a disturbance in the way in which body weight and shape are perceived.

Anorexia nervosa may be divided into 2 subtypes:

-Restricting, in which severe limitation of food intake is the primary means to weight loss.

-Binge-eating/purging type, in which there are periods of food intake that are compensated by self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, and/or excessive exercise.

Patients with anorexia nervosa often display such traits as a desire for perfection and academic success, a lack of age-appropriate sexual activity, and a denial of hunger in the face of starvation. Psychiatric characteristics include excessive dependency, developmental immaturity, social isolation, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and constriction of affect.

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Pyromania is indicated by fascination, curiosity, or attraction to purposely setting things on fire. It can occur due to delusional thinking, impaired judgement due to other mental disorders, or simply as aggressive behavior to express anger.

Symptoms may include:

Being very tense or very excited before setting the fire.

Being attracted by fire and objects, people, or situations related to fire.

Not caring about the loss of property, the injuries, or even the deaths that result from fires.

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Psychogenic Tremor

Psychogenic Tremor, also called hysterical tremor can occur at rest or during postural or kinetic movement.

The characteristics of this kind of tremor may vary but generally include sudden onset and remission, increased incidence with stress, change in tremor direction and/or body part affected, and greatly decreased or disappearing tremor activity when the patient is distracted. Many patients with psychogenic tremor have a conversion disorder.

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Intellectual Disability

Intellectual Disability (ID), also called intellectual development disorder (IDD) or general learning disability and formerly known as mental retardation (MR) is a generalized neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significantly impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning.

Intellectual disability has limitations in two areas:

Intellectual functioning- Also known as IQ, this refers to a person’s ability to learn, reason, make decisions, and solve problems.

Adaptive behaviors- These are skills necessary for day-to-day life, such as being able to communicate effectively, interact with others, and take care of oneself.

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Schizophrenia is characterized by altered perception of reality, including delusional thoughts, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behaviour.

Schizophrenia is a serious disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations.

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Behavioral neuroscience, also known as biological psychology, biopsychology, or psychobiology is the application of the principles of biology, to the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behavior in humans and non-human animals.

Biopsychology is a branch of psychology that analyzes how the brain and neurotransmitters influence our behaviors, thoughts and feelings.

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Psychomotor Retardation 

This is not a medical condition but is a symptom of some psychological disorders, mental disorders, illnesses, and other general causes. It is also known as psychomotor impairment.

Symptoms Includes:

Occasionally having a reduction in the ability to provide self-care.

Difficulty in becoming motivated to get out of bed in the morning, take a shower.

Physically motor impairment such as suddenly finding it difficult to live light weight objects, walk up a hill challenging.

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A branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system. 

Neuropsychiatry is the integrated study of psychiatric and neurologic disorders. It includes the following conditions: Addictions Childhood and development, Eating disorders, Degenerative diseases, Mood disorders, Neurotic disorders, Psychosis, Sleep disorders.

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Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is a mental disorder characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others. A person with paranoid personality disorder will nearly always believe that other people’s motives are suspect or even malevolent.

People with this disorder:
Unforgiving and hold grudges.
Hypersensitive and take criticism poorly.
Read hidden meanings in the innocent remarks or casual looks of others.

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Antipsychotics particularly the first generation antipsychotics, may cause akathisia.

A movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness and a compelling need to be in constant motion, as well as by actions such as rocking while standing or sitting, lifting the feet as if marching on the spot, and crossing and uncrossing the legs while sitting.

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Multiple Personality Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), also known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder on the dissociative spectrum characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

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