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Ch 28: Abnormal Disorders in Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Abnormal Disorders in Psychology chapter of this High School Psychology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the definitions and types of psychological disorders in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Abnormal Disorders in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Fundamentals of abnormal disorders; classification and diagnosis Definition of terms, such as disorders, perception, hallucination and schizophrenia; ways psychologists diagnose abnormal disorders
Tuesday Cognitive, anxiety, mood and somatoform disorders Definition of these disorders and their historical context; biological, psychological, and sociocultural models of etiology; and biological, psychological, and socialcultural models of treatment
Wednesday Psychosis, schizophrenia; dissociative dissorders and eating disorders Types of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders and their treatment; causes, symptoms and treatments of dissociative disorders and eating disorders, along with current and historical views
Thursday Stress, personality disorders and organic disorders; sexual dysfunction Definitions of stress and stress management strategies, personality disorders and organic disorders; types and phases of sexual dysfuntion
Friday Substance use, abuse, and dependence; attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), lifespan development and factitious disorders Causes of substance abuse; ADD and ADHD; Asperger Syndrome and autism; conduct disorder and oppositional defiance disorder; meaning and background of lifespan development disorders; meaning and symptoms of factitious disorders

18 Lessons in Chapter 28: Abnormal Disorders in Psychology Lesson Plans
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Psychological Disorders: Definition, Examples & Approaches to Treatment

1. Psychological Disorders: Definition, Examples & Approaches to Treatment

How are psychological disorders related to perception and learning? What type of psychologist helps treat these disorders? From imaginary voices to an intense fear of birds, this video will introduce you to the nature of disorders.

Classification & Diagnosis of Psychological Disorders

2. Classification & Diagnosis of Psychological Disorders

How do you diagnose something that you can't see? That's the problem faced by psychologists. This lesson will show you the tool they use to help diagnose their patients.

What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

3. What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

The human ability to think is what sets us apart from the other animals. But what happens when memories or the ability to learn disappears? In this lesson we'll look at three common types of cognitive disorders: dementia, delirium, and amnestic disorders.

Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

4. Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder, affecting as many as one in four people. In this lesson, we will explore anxiety disorders including common causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

5. Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

When someone has abnormal feelings that affect his or her life, he or she might be suffering from a mood disorder. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the types of mood disorders and the different theoretical views of them.

Somatoform Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

6. Somatoform Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

What happens when psychological pain becomes physical pain? In this lesson, we'll look at the category of mental illness known as somatoform disorders, including the history and current views on them.

Dissociative Disorders: Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue & Split Personalities

7. Dissociative Disorders: Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue & Split Personalities

There are times when the human brain can actually separate its different parts, sometimes as a defense mechanism. These are known as dissociative disorders. This lesson takes a closer look at these kinds of disorders and how they impact the mind.

Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

8. Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

What does it mean to be psychotic? What exactly are psychotic disorders? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the symptoms common in psychotic disorders, how they are treated, and how they have historically been viewed.

Schizophrenia: Definition & Overview

9. Schizophrenia: Definition & Overview

Our perception of schizophrenia is largely shaped by what we see in the movies. Is schizophrenia more than just a 'hallucination' disease? Check out this lesson to find out about the different types of schizophrenia.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) & Eating Disorders: Definition & Types

10. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) & Eating Disorders: Definition & Types

Many of us have something about our appearance that we'd like to change, but for some people these desires can develop into actual disorders. How are body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders related? This lesson gives you a closer look at these disorders and the impact they can have on people.

Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

11. Stress Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Everyone has to deal with stress, but some people do not manage their stress in a healthy way. In this lesson, we will look more closely at psychological disorders related to stress, including ways that people react to and manage stress.

Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

12. Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

Will the Personality Disorder Crime Force make it out of the office today? In this lesson, you'll learn about each superhero's personality disorder as a late delivery of donuts sets off some of their common behaviors.

What Is a Sexual Dysfunction? - Definition, Phases & Types

13. What Is a Sexual Dysfunction? - Definition, Phases & Types

What happens when an otherwise healthy adult can't enjoy sex? In this lesson, we'll look at the four phases of sexual activity and sexual dysfunctions that can occur in each phase. In addition, we'll look at some common causes of sexual dysfunction.

What Are Organic Disorders? - Definition & Examples

14. What Are Organic Disorders? - Definition & Examples

What happens when changes in your brain cause changes in your mental state? In this lesson, we'll examine organic mental disorders, including common symptoms and two of the major causes of them, brain trauma and disease.

Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

15. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders

16. Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Kids tend to throw temper tantrums and act hyper. But what happens when a kid goes beyond what's considered normal? In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological disorders often diagnosed in childhood: attentional and behavioral disorders.

Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

17. Lifespan Development Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

Everyone grows and changes throughout their life, but why do some people have developmental problems? In this lesson, we'll look at common lifespan development disorders and major theories about how people develop them.

Factitious Disorders: Definition and Symptoms

18. Factitious Disorders: Definition and Symptoms

What many people know as 'Munchausen Syndrome' is actually called 'factitious disorder.' In this lesson, we'll look a little closer at the history of factitious disorders and the differences in them and malingering.

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