Abnormal Psychology across the Ages

Abnormal Psychology across the Ages

Thomas G. Plante PhD, ABPP, Santa Clara University


n these three volumes, a team of scholars provides a thoughtful history of abnormal psychology, demonstrating how concepts regarding disordered mental states, their causes, and their treatments developed and evolved across the ages.

• Explains historic views on disorders, including causes and treatments such as the belief that depression in women stemmed from "a wandering uterus," homosexuality being categorized a mental disorder, and the "treatment" of various disorders via blood-letting or lobotomy

• Explains the advent of psychology/psychiatry/psychologists/psychiatrists; the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the fields' bible of mental disorders and treatments; the evolution of the field; and the political controversies it has faced since its inception

• Examines controversial topics across time, ranging from human rights of the mentally disordered to multicultural views on what does and does not constitute a disorder