The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to mental disorders in adult humans. We will discuss diagnostic issues and methods used to study psychopathology. We will also examine a variety of mental disorders from several different theoretical and treatment perspectives. Focus will be on diagnosis, epidemiology, course of the disorder, etiology, and treatment issues. We will also briefly examine ethical and legal issues pertaining to psychopathology. A major goal of the course is to promote greater awareness and knowledge of psychopathology in hopes that we can reduce the suffering and stigma associated with mental disorders.
What Will You Learn?
- Here are a few concepts that students in abnormal psychology courses can expect to study:
- Psychological theories and research
- Signs of psychological disorders
- Mental disorder classification
- Treatment effectiveness
Introduction: Historical Overview & Paradigms.
Paradigms (conclusion) & Diagnosis and the DSM.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders.