Ch 15: AP Psychology: Types of Psychological Disorders

About This Chapter

Prepare for the AP Psychology exam by enhancing your understanding of the types of psychological disorders. Our exam preparation lessons, and quick quizzes introduce you to relevant introductory psychology topics while helping you attain your study goals.

AP Psychology: Types of Psychological Disorders - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons and the self-assessment quizzes in this chapter to review the types of psychological disorders in order to help you prepare for the AP Psychology exam. You'll review how to identify, define and classify psychological disorders like personality disorders and schizophrenia. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Classify and define different types of psychological disorders
  • Explain the differences between anxiety disorders, mood disorders, somatoform disorders and dissociative disorders
  • List the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia
  • Identify and define organic disorders
  • Understand the characteristics of substance abuse and substance dependence
  • Distinguish between attention deficit and disruptive behavior disorders
  • Describe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) & identify different types of eating disorders
  • Apply your knowledge of personality disorders by distinguishing its characteristics according to examples

The lessons in this chapter include informative video lessons presented by professional instructors. It is specifically structured to help you prepare for questions you may encounter on psychological disorders on the AP Psychology exam. You can assess your comprehension of psychological concepts with the self-assessment quizzes included with each chapter, or you can ask our experts if you have any questions on the content.

11 Lessons in Chapter 15: AP Psychology: Types of Psychological Disorders
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Classification & Diagnosis of Psychological Disorders

1. 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.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

2. 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.

Mood Disorders: Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder & Bipolar Disorder

3. 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.

Somatoform Disorders: Definition, Types & Examples

4. 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.

Dissociative Disorders: Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue & Split Personalities

5. 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.

Schizophrenia: Definition & Overview

6. 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.

What Are Organic Disorders? - Definition & Examples

7. 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 Abuse & Substance Dependence: Definition & Characteristics

8. 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.

Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders

9. 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.

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.

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

11. 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.

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