Unit 12 - Abnormal Psychology - pages 561-603

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APA Content Standard Area: Psychological Disorders
After concluding this unit, students understand:
1. Perspectives on abnormal behavior
2. Categories of psychological disorders
Content Standard 1: Perspectives on abnormal behavior
1.1 Define psychologically abnormal behavior.
1.2 Describe historical and cross-cultural views of abnormality.
1.3 Describe major models of abnormality.
1.4 Discuss how stigma relates to abnormal behavior.
1.5 Discuss the impact of psychological disorders on the individual, family, society.
Content Standard 2: Categories of psychological disorders
2.1 Describe the classification of psychological disorders.
2.2 Discuss the challenges associated with diagnosis.
2.3 Describe symptoms and causes of major categories of psychological disorders (including schizophrenic, mood, anxiety, and personality disorders).
2.4 Evaluate how different factors influence an individual’s experience of psychological disorders.

Key Terms

Psychological disorders
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Medical model DSM-IV-TR
Anxiety disorders Generalized anxiety disorder
Panic disorder Phobia
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic growth Somatoform disorders
Conversion disorder Hypochondriasis
Dissociative disorders Dissociative identity disorder (DID)
Mood disorders Major depressive disorder
Mania Bipolar disorder
Schizophrenia Delusions
Personality disorder Antisocial personality disorder
Spotlight effect Self-esteem
Self-serving bias Individualism

Updates for the new DSM 5 beginning with the 2015 AP exam

Complete DSM 5
the entire book

Updated DSM5 chart from our textbook publisher, updating unit 12 to reflect the new DSM changes

Overview of all of the disorders listed by category (does not include descriptions or treatment)

graphic organizer for notes in class

Mental Health in Film
Wikipedia list of movies with mental health conditions, broken down by topic

What is normal?

Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: the big book of disorders.DSM
Proposed DSM-5
What are the pros and cons of classifying abnormal behaviors with a system such as DSM-IV?

Chart on Mental Disorders

AllPsych Disorders
Great site on diagnosing and defining mental disorders

NFL player terrified of horses

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Video on Psychopaths - Brain studies
The mind of a psychopath

Inside the world of childhood schizophrenia - ABC's 20/20 from March 2010

Case study on schizophrenia - Heather
Heather shows disordered unorganized thoughts in her conversations. The odd facial expressions she displays when she speaks is a side effect of the antipsychotic medication she is on. While some antipsychotic meds do not produce such side effects, not all schizophrenics response well to such medication.

A day in the life of a schizophrenic

Bipolar Overview

Once known as manic depression, bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million adults. Risk factors, symptoms, and latest treatments available are discussed in this AnswersTV.com clip. One in five bipolar patients commits suicide, but many are able to live a “normal” life using a combination of medications and psychosocial interactions. Bipolar disorder consists of two mood states: energized mania and deep depression. Either mood can last for months or years at a time. What is the difference between bipolar I and II disorders? What is cyclothymic disorder?

Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test
Ted Talk with Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test

Conversion Disorder

April is Autism Month

Mental Illness in Movie Characters
Watch each film clip and select the correct diagnosis

The New Asylums

PsychSim5 - Mystery Client
Mystery Client

This activity will be most useful to you after you have read the text material on psychological disorders.
Psychiatric Diagnosis
• As seen in these five cases, some of the information in a client’s files is more useful and relevant
than other types of information. Which categories of information did you find most helpful in
making your diagnoses?
• Which categories of information did you find least helpful in making your diagnoses?


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