First, a reminder of our sensitive issues statement.
In studying a course which reflects psychological experiences of modern society, you will be learning about issues and behaviours that you may well find uncomfortable. There will not be many people who have not been affected by psychological disorders either directly or indirectly through family members, friends and colleagues. With this in mind, the delivery of the course will be objective, sensitive and fair with scientific evidence as its foundation. For each topic, you will be provided with a resources booklet in advance. Most of the research comes from course text books, although some is from online resources. We make some use of personal accounts and news stories as a basis for understanding theories and research. Where possible, resources will be available in advance of lessons. If you are anxious about a topic, please take the opportunity to look ahead. If as a result of studying this topic you are aware of a mental health disorder within yourself or someone close to you, you should consult your doctor immediately or tell that person to do so. If you wish to speak to people in school about a problem, we can tell you about several organisations which can help. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee you confidentiality.
If you feel that any of the cases we look at will trigger distress or anxiety, please move on to another task.
You know about three definitions of abnormality: deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, deviation from ideal mental health. The question is whether these definitions can be applied to real life cases of abnormality. There are two sub-questions. One is whether in each case, it is possible to show that the person deviates from social norms, fails to function adequately or deviates from ideal mental health. The other is whether it makes sense to have these three distinct definitions. Perhaps just one will do or perhaps we need a combination of the three.
Here are three links to websites which tell the stories of people with psychological disorders honestly and responsibly, Use the stories of people there to answer this question.