Ch 20: Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology

About This Chapter

Use video lessons and online quizzes to learn about cognitive disorders, including problems related to aging such as dementia and depression. These lessons are just a part of Study.com's Psychology of Adulthood and Aging course.

Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter's lessons examine several types of cognitive disorders. Several lessons cover conditions associated with aging such as Alzheimer's disease as well as various types and causes of dementia. This chapter also explores at age-related depression, stress and substance abuse that begins later in life.

You'll be introduced to cognitive disorders brought on by substance abuse and learn about their treatment. Amnesia and treatable dementia are covered as well. By the end of this chapter, you'll have an understanding of topics including:

  • Types of cognitive disorders
  • Delirium: causes and treatment
  • Reversible and irreversible dementias
  • Amnesia and its causes
  • Cognitive disorders and aging

Video Objective
What are Cognitive Disorders? Definition and Perspectives Define cognitive disorders and discuss current and historical perspectives.
What is Delirium? - Definition, Causes and Treatment Examine the characteristics of delirium and how it is treated.
Dementia: Definition, Symptoms and Care Learn about the causes and treatment of dementia.
Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia Look at the reasons for amnesia and discuss patient care.
Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences and Impact on Aging Differentiate between Alzheimer's and dementia and their symptoms.
Alcohol and Drug-Induced Cognitive Disorders: Types, Causes and Symptoms Discuss cognitive disorders caused by substance abuse, including substance-induced dementia and delirium as well as Korsakoff's syndrome.
Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders Discuss disorders that may be linked to aging, including stress, substance abuse and some psychotic disorders.
Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population Discuss dementias brought on by conditions including Parkinson's disease and AIDS and how they may affect the elderly.
Reversible or Apparent Dementias Examine irreversible and reversible dementias that impact the older population.

9 Lessons in Chapter 20: Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
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What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

1. 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.

What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

2. What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

What does it mean to be delirious? What might cause someone to be confused and disoriented, and what can be done to treat it? In this lesson, we'll look at the symptoms, causes, and treatment of delirium.

Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

3. Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

Whether due to Alzheimer's disease or drug abuse, dementia affects many people. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the symptoms, causes and treatment for dementia.

Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia

4. Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia

Our memories shape, and in many ways define who we are. But what happens when you lose your memories? In this lesson, we'll look at amnestic disorders, their causes and treatments.

Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

5. Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

In this lesson, you will learn what dementia is and is not through definitions and examples. You will also examine Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia and memory loss in the elderly.

Alcohol and Drug-Induced Cognitive Disorders: Types, Causes & Symptoms

6. Alcohol and Drug-Induced Cognitive Disorders: Types, Causes & Symptoms

Everyone knows the risks with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But did you also know that long-term alcohol and drug use can cause problems with the way your brain functions? In this lesson, we'll look closer at some common substance-induced cognitive disorders.

Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders

7. Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders

With age comes wisdom, but it also comes with a bunch of problems. In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological problems that can plague older adults, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis.

Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples & Summary

8. Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples & Summary

In this lesson, we will explore which dementias are permanent and why they are not curable by modern medicine. We will also look at possible treatments to help mitigate the effects of dementia.

Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes

9. Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we will explore the idea and possible causes of pseudodementias, which appear to be true dementias but are in fact treatable and often reversible.

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