Ch 15: AP Psychology: Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders

About This Chapter

Watch psychological treatment video lessons and learn about individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric drugs, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP Psychology course.

Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders

From the talking cure to electric shock treatment, psychologists have tried many different ways to treat or cure abnormal mental functions. In this chapter, you'll explore the different types of individual therapy, from Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic approach to Carl Roger's humanistic methods. You'll learn about the three groups of psychiatric drugs and how each changes brain chemistry to reach a desired result. There are also some controversial biological treatments, and we'll explain how and why these are used. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain four different approaches to individual therapy
  • Discuss how psychiatric drugs alter brain chemistry
  • Understand the role of group therapy
  • Relate how we determine the effectiveness of treatments
  • Name biological treatments and how they work

Individual TherapyGet an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic approaches to individual therapy.
Group TherapyUnderstand when group therapy may be a good choice and the different types of group therapy options that are available.
Psychiatric DrugsLearn about antidepressants, antipsychotics, and lithium, including how they alter brain chemistry.
Biological TherapyExplore when medical treatments for psychological problems are used.
Treatment EffectivenessUnderstand the different ways we can measure if a treatment is working or not.

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