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Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology

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Learn to identify various psychological disorders, including stress, substance abuse and dissociative disorders, through Education Portal's online course Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology. This class was designed by our team of experienced, professional educators and includes lessons on research methods, clinical assessment and various models of abnormal behavior. Completing this course can prepare you for the Excelsior Abnormal Psychology exam, which could earn you college credit.

CategoryObjectives
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology Dive into the definition of abnormal psychology with a look at the criteria and causes. Study the reforms and history of the field, along with how it is classified and diagnosed.
Introduction to Research Methods Take a look at why research is done and who does it. Discover research criteria and tools and compare methods.
Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology Examine researchers in the field, how case studies are designed and correlational research. Look at research limitations, experiments and aspects of research groups.
The Biological Model of Abnormality Find out about the biological model, physiological techniques and related concepts, such as neurons, neurotransmitters, parts of the brain, neuroplasticity, the endocrine system, sources of biological abnormalities and biological treatments. Also assess the strengths and weaknesses of the biological model.
The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior Learn about Freud and psychoanalytic theory and Erikson's approach to the theory, and compare Freud and Erikson. Also, take a look at Carl Jung's personality theory, Alfred Adler, the ego theory, the self theory and the concepts of self-concept, self-esteem and self-understanding.
The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior Explore classical conditioning, including Watson and Little Albert. Also look into operant conditioning, biological limits on conditioning, social cognitive learning theory and behavioral treatments.
The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior Examine the ideas of cognition and language to define them. Take a deeper look into language acquisition, information processing, perceptual development and memory distortion.
The Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior Find out about Carl Roger's humanistic theory and the gestalt theory. See how spirituality and mental health are related, too.
The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior Analyze social labeling and roles, the role of social networks and support, family systems theory, sociocultural treatments, multicultural theory and treatment of abnormal functioning.
The Diathesis-Stress Model Learn about diathesis, stress and protective factors, lifespan development and vulnerability to mental illness.
Clinical Assessment Study the purpose of clinical assessment. Also look at the limitations of clinical interviews, the purpose, process and limitations of biological assessment and issues in assessment reliability.
Anxiety Disorders Look at the definition, treatment options and causes of anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific and social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mood Disorders Find out about the types, causes and treatments for depressive disorders, bipolar disorders and suicide.
Stress Disorders Learn about emotions, categorizing emotions, theories of emotion and the fight or flight response. Take a look at acute stress disorder, psychophysiological disorders and positive psychology.
Somatoform Disorders Study the causes and treatments for conversion disorder, somatization disorder, pain disorder, hypochondriasis and body dysmorphic disorder.
Dissociative Disorders Discover the causes and treatments of dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, dissociative identity disorder (or multiple personalities) and dissociative depersonalization disorder.
Eating Disorders Examine anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and dig deeper into what causes eating disorders.
Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Take a look at disorders of desire, excitement, orgasm and sexual pain. Look into sex therapy, fetishism, transvestism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism and gender identity disorder.
Substance Use Disorders Study substances and the dependence on depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens and cannabis.
Psychotic Disorders Find out about schizophrenia, including the definition, characteristics, forms, symptoms, etiologic models, neurobiological model, phases and genetic and environmental influences.
Cognitive Disorders Look at disorders that include delirium, dementia, amnestic, dementia and Alzheimer's.
Life-Span Development Disorders Learn about mental health development during childhood and adolescence, developmental abnormalities among children, emotional and behavioral disorders (like autism, Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), advanced cognitive development and Renzulli's triad.
Personality Disorders Find out about the clinical features of personality disorders. Also look at the various clusters of personality disorders, including eccentric types, erratic types and fearful types.
Factitious Disorders Study the symptoms, types, causes, diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment Examine different treatment methods, like individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric drugs, biological therapy, social learning, community approaches, treatment effectiveness and issues for treatment.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology Discover the legal and ethical issues that arise in this field, including organized efforts to improve mental health.

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