About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about abnormal psychology. There is no faster or easier way to learn about abnormal psychology. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about various approaches to abnormal functioning, types of disorders and diagnoses of disorders.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an AP psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Abnormal Psychology unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Abnormal Psychology Unit Objectives:
- Explore the different approaches to abnormal functioning and psychopathology.
- Find out how abnormalities are classified and diagnosed.
- Learn about anxiety, eating, mood, personality and other disorders.
- Provide some examples of organic disorders.
- Examine attention deficit and behavioral disorders.
- Define autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
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.
2. Mental Health & Psychopathology: Definition & Dimensions
In this lesson, we will explore some of the basic ways that we differentiate between mental health and psychopathology. Included in this is looking at social, behavioral, thought, and emotional processes.
3. Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory
Here, we will explore the basic tenants of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories as they relate to psychopathology. Two techniques for treatment are also explored briefly.
4. Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory
Here, we look at what gave rise to humanism and some of the field's basic ideas. We will also look into how humanism views psychopathology, as well as how it treats it.
5. The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning
What causes mental illness? Why do some people have psychological problems, while others don't? In this lesson, we'll look at one theory of abnormal psychology, the behavioral model.
6. The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning
There are many theories on what causes psychological issues. In this lesson, we'll explore the sociocultural model of abnormality, including what it is, what some key components of the theory are, and how sociocultural theorists treat abnormality.
7. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness
There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.
8. Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
What causes mental illness? Some psychologists believe that psychological disorders are caused by physical problems. In this lesson, we'll assess the strengths and limitations of the biological model of abnormality.
9. The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning
Everyone has thoughts and beliefs. But how do those thoughts affect your mental health? In this lesson, we'll seek an answer to that question in the cognitive model of abnormal psychology and look closer at the A-B-C theory of processing.
10. 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.
11. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
When do we cross the boundary between natural worry and the debilitating types of anxiety associated with disorders? In this lesson, you'll explore some common anxiety disorders and their potential causes.
12. Mood Disorders: Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder & Bipolar Disorder
Does feeling sad automatically mean someone is depressed? Are there different kinds of depression? What are mood disorders? This lesson will take a look at the answers to those questions.
13. Somatoform Disorders: Definition, Types & Examples
What's the mind's relationship with the body? In this lesson we'll examine how some physical symptoms could actually be caused by psychological factors.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Substance Abuse & Substance Dependence: Definition & Characteristics
Many people have a drink now and then, but how do you know if you have a substance-related disorder? This lesson will help you learn the difference between just having a drink and having an actual problem.
20. 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.
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Other chapters within the AP Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum course
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- Psychology Research Methods: Homeschool Curriculum
- Intelligence Testing: Homeschool Curriculum
- Biology in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Sensation & Perception: Homeschool Curriculum
- Sleep & States of Consciousness: Homeschool Curriculum
- Learning & Conditioning: Homeschool Curriculum
- Memory & Cognition: Homeschool Curriculum
- Emotion & Motivation: Homeschool Curriculum
- Childhood Development: Homeschool Curriculum
- Personality Development Theories: Homeschool Curriculum
- Social Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Treatment Methods for Disorders: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Psychology - Test Strategy: Homeschool Curriculum