Syllabus -- [PDF Download]
January 22 -- [LINK 1]
The first link provides an overview of abnormal psychology. Read up to the secton labeled "Approaches." The second link is to a page providing
an overview as to how abnormal behavior, and what we now consider mental illness, was viewed and handled during various periods in history. For the historical sectons of both pages,
do not focus on particular names or dates, but rather look for themes and general conclusions as to each historical period. In other words,
take notes on what was considered to be the cause of mental disorder during each period.
January 24 -- [LINK]
This page provides an overview of the issue of classification of mental disorders. Start at the top and stop when you get to the section labeled "DSM-IV." Then jump down
to the last major section, labeled "Criticism," and include it in your studies.
January 29 -- [LINK]
This page provides an overview of the primary factors currently considered as possible causes of mental illness and disorder. You can start with the section labeled
"Nature and nurture" and finish by reading through the section labeled "The biopsychosocial model of mental illness."
January 31 -- [LINK 1]
Link 1 takes you to a page about Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), whereas Link 2 is to a page about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For the second
link, be sure to follow the prompts to view all 3 pages.
February 5 -- [LINK 1]
Link 1 takes you to an overview of Panic Disorder (be sure to view both pages). Link 2 takes you to a good brochure on PTSD.
February 12 -- [LINK]
This link is to a good overview of major depression (unipolar depression).
February 14 -- [LINK]
This link takes you to an introduction to Bipolar Disorder. Start here and then view each of the subsequent linked pages from this one (the other pages cover
such topics as causes, symptoms, and treatments).
February 19 -- [LINK]
Read at least up to the section labeled "How are suicidal thoughts and behaviors assessed?" As you read those 3-1/2 pages, focus on such topics as who is
most likely to attempt suicide, complete it, when, and so forth.
February 21 -- [LINK]
This link is to an overview of Somatoform Disorders. Familiarize yourself with each one. You have to click on the "next" tab for each page, up to the page titled "Differential Diagnosis." What do you think?
February 26 -- [LINK]
The link is to a page describing anorexia nervosa. From there, select the pages on the side tool bar for "Bulimia Nervosa," "Binge Eating," and
"Not Specified." These are the DSM diagnoses for eating disorders.
March 12 -- [LINK]
Start at the top and read through the section labeled "Self-Medication Hypothesis." Be sure to focus on the differences among drug abuse, dependence, and addiction (although the DSM does not use this last term). Also, be familiar with the different classes of drugs and the common examples of each. Was there anything that surprised you?
March 14 -- [LINK]
This link is to a brief overview of sexual dysfunction. After reading it, go back up to the links embedded within the list of dysfunctions and read through the section labeled either "Symptoms" or "Causes and Symptoms" at the individual page for each of the following disorders: hypoactive sexual desire disorder, erectile dysfunction, female orgasmic disorder, male orgasmic disorder, premature ejaculation. What questions do you have?
March 19 -- [LINK 1]
Start with the first link that takes you to a page describing the various DSM diagnoses for paraphilia. However, within the descriptions of sadism and masochism, there is a bunch of material on the history of where these terms come from. You can definitely skip that material (the inner most bullets that are black squares).
The second link takes you to a different page at this same site. This time the page provides a brief description of the behavioral explanation for how paraphilia develops. Link 3 is to a brief description of Gender Identity Disorder (GID). Note that there is a second page.
March 21 -- [LINK]
The link takes you to a page providing a nice overview of schizophrenia. Note the different subtypes, each of which is a different diagnosis.
March 28 -- [LINK]
The link takes you to a nice overview of dissociative identity disorder (DID). Note that at the end of the first page there are links for pages 2, 3, and 4.
April 2 -- [LINK 1 ]
Link 1 takes you to an overview of amnestic disorders, whereas Link 2 takes you to a good description of the most common form of dementia: Alzheimer's disease.
April 4 and 9 -- [LINK]
This link takes you to a nice overview of personality disorders, along with descriptions of each of the 10 official diagnoses. So, as you click on the link to each particular form of personality disorder, and familiarize yourself with each, be sure to click the "back" arrow in your browser to make sure you do not miss any of the 10 types.
April 16 -- [LINK 1]
Link 1 takes you to information about ADHD, whereas Link 2 takes you to information about conduct disorder.
April 18 -- [LINK]
This entry is a bit longer than some in the past, but there is much to cover in understanding autism and some of the myths and unfounded fears as to what causes it, etc. Also, be sure to click on the link for Asperger's Syndrome as well.
April 23 -- [LINK 1]
Link 1 takes you to the Wikipedia entry for the insanity defense in criminal court proceedings. Read up to the section titled "History of the Insanity Defense." The second link takes you to an explanation of involuntary commitment for treatment in SC. Read the first 3 pages. What do you think about both brief readings?