Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

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100 Hours

Mental illnesses and disorders affect around 20% of people. Most of us know someone personally, or vicariously, who has a mental health problem. Get your free info pack!

Mental illnesses and disorders affect around 20% of people. Most of us know someone personally, or vicariously, who has a mental health problem. Although mental health problems were once considered taboo most modern societies accept mental illness as a condition which can affect anyone. Our understanding of mental illnesses has increased drastically over the past 150 years and we now have more ways of helping people to cope with their symptoms or overcome them entirely.

This course is a must for anyone with an interest in mental health -   

  • Learn to identify common categories of psychological disorder and their causes, and how they can affect a person's behaviour.
  • Explore the causes of abnormal behaviour from drug abuse and developmental issues to genetic and medical disorders.
  • 100 hour self paced study course
  • Expand your understanding of the human condition, for professional development or to help those around you.

This course will help the student to develop awareness of a range of common psychological disorders - their aetiology, symptoms, prognosis, and possible treatment options. Whilst the course largely mirrors classifications systems used in the DSM and ICD, the student is also encouraged to consider issues such as how do we define normality and abnormality, and when is an individual's behaviour within the bounds of what is regarded as "normal" in society - and when is it "abnormal".

It will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in the workings of the human mind - counsellors, teachers, social workers, youth workers, support workers, carers, or even those who just want to learn more about themselves. Many of us experience symptoms of different mental health conditions at different times in our lives but the symptoms are not severe enough or do not last long enough to warrant a diagnosis.

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy
    • Criteria for determining abnormality
    • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    • Childhood Disorders
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Conduct Disorder
    • Mental Retardation
    • Aspergers Disorder
    • Stereotypic Movement Disorder
    • Normal Functioning
    • Depression in Childhood
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Types of Therapy; Alderian, Behaviourm, Existential, Gestalt, Person Centred Therapy, Psycho analysis, Rational Emotive, Reality Therapy, Transactional.
  2. Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders
    • Types of cognitive disorders
    • Delirium
    • Dementia
    • Types of Dementia
    • Alzheimers Disease
    • Comparing Dementia and Delerium
    • Amnesia
    • Cognitive Disorder NOS
    • Pseudo Dementia
    • Research Methods in Biopsychology
  3. Substance-Related Disorders
    • Scope and nature of Substance Abuse
    • Reasons for Using Drugs
    • Substance Dependance
    • Intoxication and Withrawal
    • Alcohol Dependance and DT's
    • Substance Dependance
    • Substance Abuse
    • Drug Misuse
    • Classes of Drugs
    • Amphetamines
    • Cocaine
    • Crack
    • Opium and Heroin
    • LSD
    • Other Drugs, steroids, ritalin, inhalants, etc
    • Risks with specific drugs
    • Older adults susceptible to Prescription Misuse
  4. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
    • Scope and nature
    • Psychosis
    • Treating Psychosis
    • Schizoaffective Disorders
    • Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders
    • Onset of Schizophrenia
    • Symptoms of Schizophrenia
    • Treating Schizophrenia
    • Schizophrenia and violence
    • Biology of Schizophrenia
    • Anipsychotic Medications
    • Psychosocial Treatments
    • Role of the Patients Support System
  5. Mood Disorders
    • Depressive Disorders
    • Determining Type of Depression
    • Unipolar disorders and bipolar disorders.
    • Risk Factors for Depression
    • Men and Depression
    • Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment
    • Types of Treatment
  6. Anxiety Disorders
    • Scope and Nature
    • Anxiety Symptoms
    • Generalised anxiety disorders
    • Phobic anxiety disorders
    • Panic disorder
    • Treatments -intervention, drugs, etc.
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  7. Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders
    • Somatisation Disorder
    • Conversion Disorder
    • Pain Disorder
    • Hypochondriasis
    • Body Disymorphic Disorder
    • Factitios Disorders;types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis
    • Munchausens Syndrome
    • Disconnective Disorders
    • Psychogenic Amnesia
    • Psychogenic Fague
    • Disconnective Identity Disorder
    • Depersonalisation Disorder
  8. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
    • Scope and Nature
    • Hypoactive Sexual Disorder
    • Sexual Aversion
    • Fermale Sexual Arousal Disorder
    • Male Erectile Disorder
    • Female and Male Orgasmic Disorders
    • Premature Ejaculation
    • Dispareunia
    • Vaginismus
    • Secodary Sexual Dysfunction
    • Paraphylias
    • Paedophilia
    • Gender Identity Disorder (Transexualism)
  9. Eating and Sleep Disorders
    • Scope and nature of Eating Disorders
    • Anerexia Nervosa
    • Biulimia
    • Binge Eating Disorder
    • Treatment Strategies
    • Research Findings and Directions
    • Sleep Disorders; scope and nature
    • Treatments for Sleep Apnea
    • Prognosis for Sleep Apnea
  10. Impulse-Control Disorders; Adjustment Disorder
    • Symptoms of adjustment disorders
    • Risk Factors for Adjustment Disorders
    • Impulse Control Disorders
    • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
    • Kleptomania
    • Pyromania
    • Pathological Gambling
    • Trichotillomania
    • Compulsive Skin Picking
  11. Personality Disorders
    • Scope and Nature of Personality Disorders
    • Antisocial Personality Disorder
    • Avoidant Personality Disorder
    • Dependent Personality Disorder
    • Histrionic Personality Disorder
    • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    • Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
    • Paranoid Personality Disorder
    • Schizoid Personality Disorder
    • Borderline Personality Disorder; symptoms, treatment, research, etc.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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