Is "Abnormal Psychology" Really all that Abnormal?
P&N Clinical Graduate Student Jonathan Schaefer recently wrote a blog post giving an evidence-based argument against stigma in mental Health. It was recently published on the APA Society of Clinical Psychology's website:
Research from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, Jon writes, "suggests that the 'typical' human experience is one characterized by at least one brush with a diagnosable disorder, and that those who avoid these conditions entirely—people with enduring mental health—are actually quite rare."
Jon is a clinical psychology Ph.D student who joined the Moffitt & Caspi lab after completing a two-year position as a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. Jon's research interests include sources and developmental sequelae of individual differences in personality, cognitive ability, and susceptibility to psychiatric illness, as well as mechanistic explanations for how increased exposure to stressful circumstances contributes to physical and psychiatric disease.