Abnormal Psychology and Life

AbnormalPsychology and Life

AbnormalPsychology and Life

Myfriend Kimberly was 21 years-old then when she started to strugglewith her personal issues. After dating since her freshman year, shebroke up with her boyfriend of 3 years. At first, Kimberly appearedto be fine although a little bit reserved. After a while, she becamewithdrawn and sullen. Several weeks later, the situation took itstoll on her, whereby she found herself troubled, not eating anything,became bed-ridden, and rarely had enough sleep. I checked on her afew weeks later, and she had lost almost 9 pounds and looked pale andtired. She started missing classes, rarely went out, and herperformance started to decline significantly. She confessed that thesituation was about the breakup a few months ago. Her situation turnsout to be abnormal whereby I and her other friends decide to take herto a psychological service nearby.

Accordingto Kearney &amp Trull’s (2015) continuum chart that categorizesemotions, behaviors, and thoughts to be mild, normal, or severe,Kimberly’s situation resulted in emotions that were characterizedby feelings of sadness, temporary feeling low, and feelings ofdepression. Her emotional abnormality resulted in her havingemotional breakdown as a result of breakup and regrets from herprevious relationship. Kimberly also experienced thoughts, whichaccording to Kearney &amp Trull (2015), is cognitive. As much as shewas withdrawn from attending classes, her thoughts were full ofworry, which from the continuum chart elicited fear of failure.Kimberly’s avoidance of others, becoming sullen, and refusing to goout, was as a result of behavioral abnormality.

Onthe scale of normal, mild, and moderate, Kimberly’s mental disorderwas less severe because it fell under mild category. Using the threecriteria, her life difficulty resulted in the category of abnormaldisorder (Kearney &amp Trull, 2015). This is because abnormaldisorder is regarded to be problematic feelings, wayward behaviors,and thoughts that are above the normal, which is what Kimberlyexperienced. Cultural factors or norms that should be consideredinclude: (1) deviance from the normal, (2) difficulty is acceptinglife’s occurrences, and (3) experiences of personal distance.


Kearney,C. &amp Trull, T. (2015). Abnormalpsychology and life: A dimensional approach.(2nd ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.