Abnormal Psychology: Abuse, Addiction, And Disorders –

psy270

(3 credits)

This course introduces the study of major psychological disorders as defined in the DSM-IV, including their diagnoses, causes, and treatments. It covers such subjects as depression, bipolarity, anxiety, panic, somatoform, dissociation, substance abuse, anorexia, schizophrenia, and childhood disorders, as well as gender and cultural differences.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Abnormal Psychology

  • Describe the four Ds of psychological abnormality.
  • Discuss current trends in treating psychological disorders.
  • List advantages and disadvantages of various research methods.

Assessing, Diagnosing, and Treating Psychological Disorders

  • Match the causes and treatments of disorders to their respective models of abnormality.
  • Examine various clinical assessment tools.
  • Summarize the classification of mental disorders.
  • Discuss how the effectiveness of therapies is determined.

Anxiety and Stress

  • Examine anxiety disorders from various psychological perspectives.
  • Discuss types and causes of phobias.
  • Summarize psychological and psychophysiological stress disorders.

Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Identify causal factors of suicide.
  • Summarize the symptoms, causes, and treatments for unipolar and bipolar disorders.

Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

  • Distinguish between anorexia and bulimia.
  • Discuss causes of eating disorders.
  • Describe the causal factors and treatments of substance abuse based on various models of abnormality.

Schizophrenia and Insanity

  • Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of an insanity defense.
  • Compare the biological, psychological, and sociocultural views of schizophrenia.
  • Explain the methods used in treating schizophrenia.
  • Summarize the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Problems of Childhood and Adolescence

  • Compare childhood anxiety and depression disorders to adult anxiety and depression disorders.
  • Compare and contrast disruptive behavior disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
  • Describe the long-term childhood disorders of autism and mental retardation.

Personality Disorders

  • Explain possible problems associated with the DSM-IV.
  • Identify personality disorders using criteria in the DSM-IV.
  • Identify various somatoform disorders, their causes, and their treatment methods.
  • Identify various dissociative disorders, their causes, and their treatment methods. 

Model Behavior

  • Discuss the value of a background in psychology.
  • Analyze a psychological disorder.

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