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(3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

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Abnormal Psychology

Course Description

This course examines various psychological disorders from a contemporary perspective, specifically exploring anxiety disorders (phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder), personality disorders (borderline, anti-social and dissociate disorders), mood disorders (depression and bi-polar disorder) and schizophrenia. The underlying pathology and treatments of each disorder will be covered.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the current dominant theories in abnormal psychology.
  • Summarize research methods in the study of abnormal psychology.
  • Explain assessments for the diagnosis of mental disorders.
  • Explain the anxiety disorders.
  • Compare and contrast the mood disorders.
  • Discuss suicide risk factors and prevention.
  • Evaluate the general characteristics of the somatoform and dissociative disorders.
  • Compare and contrast eating disorders.
  • Explain substance use disorders.
  • Discuss disorders of childhood.
  • Explain gender and sexual disorders.
  • Compare and contrast subtypes of schizophrenia.
  • Discuss the different categories of personality disorders.
  • Explain current issues in health psychology.
  • Discuss current issues in treatment of mental disorders.
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