psychopathological /suy'koh path'euh loj"i keuhl/, psychopathologic, adj.psychopathologist, n.
/suy'koh peuh thol"euh jee/, n.
1. the science or study of mental disorders.
2. the conditions and processes of a mental disorder.
3. a pathological deviation from normal or efficient behavior; psychosis.
[1840-50; PSYCHO- + PATHOLOGY]

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also called  abnormal psychology 

      the study of mental disorders and unusual or maladaptive behaviours. An understanding of the genesis of mental disorders is critical to mental health professionals in psychiatry, psychology, and social work. One controversial issue in psychopathology is the distinction between dysfunctional, or aberrant, and merely idiosyncratic behaviours.

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