Clinical psychology refers to abnormal psychological development and functioning. Human development is often devided into ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’ (‘pathological’) development, on the basis of observed behavioural patterns. This pathologizing approach to mental health has often been criticized; the current view on mental health and disease rather requests a holistic approach such as the so called BioPsychoSocial theory. Mental health and disease are in fact not so much different when considering both being a part of mental health continuum. On the other hand, mental health is closely related to psychological wellbeing, both notions rather representing a continuum of mental wellness. In such a model, illness and health are not being viewed as completely different entities but rather different states of the same entity, placed on opposite sides of the same spectrum. Furthermore, stress resilience helps us struggle stress and resist mental illness, at the same time contributing to psychological stability and healthy psychological development. With low levels of resilience, one may lack resources to fight consequences of stressful life events thus become more susceptible to mental illness.
Blog articles dedicated to clinical psychology consider different classification frameworks such as DSM-V and ICD-10, their relation to human psychopathology and links to psychological wellbeing and resilience.