Madness

Historical Concepts

Type of psychology: Psychopathology

Fields of study: General constructs and issues; models of abnormality

Throughout history, humans have tried to explain the abnormal behavior of people with mental disorders. From the ancient concept of demoniacal possession to modern biopsychosocial models, beliefs regarding the cause of mental disorders have influenced the way communities treat those variously labeled mad, insane, or mentally ill.

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