Ch 20: Psychotic Disorders in Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Psychotic Disorders in Abnormal Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the characteristics and stages of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. 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 Psychotic Disorders in Abnormal 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 Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health;
Schizophrenia
Definitions of psychotic disorders
Historical and current views of psychosis
Types of schizophrenia
Tuesday Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Positive and Negative;
Etiologic Models of Schizophrenia: Research and Causes
A description of positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia and the effects of drugs on each;
Biological, genetic, sociocultural, familial causes of schizophrenia
Wednesday Neurobiological Model of Schizophrenia: Brain Systems and Neurotransmitters;
Phases of Schizophrenia: Prodromal, Active and Residual
Brain structures and neurotransmitters in schizophrenia
Characteristics of each phase of schizophrenia
Thursday Genetic and Environmental Influences of Schizophrenia: Causes and Effects;
Delusional Mental Health Disorders: Definition and Characteristics;
Schizoaffective Disorder: Depression and Elevation
Genetics and environment in the development of schizophrenia;
Social functioning in schizophrenia
The seven kinds of delusional disorders;
Diagnosis and treatment of schizoaffective disorder
Friday Brief Psychotic Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment;
Treating Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders: Managing Mental Health
Characteristics of brief psychotic disorder
Treatment options for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

11 Lessons in Chapter 20: Psychotic Disorders in Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

1. 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

2. 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.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Positive and Negative

3. Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Positive and Negative

The symptoms of schizophrenia can be divided into two types, positive and negative. In this lesson, we'll look at both types of symptoms, examples of each, and how drugs impact each type of symptom.

Etiologic Models of Schizophrenia: Research and Causes

4. Etiologic Models of Schizophrenia: Research and Causes

What causes schizophrenia? How does the disorder develop? In this lesson, we'll look at the etiology, or cause and development, of schizophrenia and factors that are correlated to it.

Neurobiological Model of Schizophrenia: Brain Systems and Neurotransmitters

5. Neurobiological Model of Schizophrenia: Brain Systems and Neurotransmitters

The brain dictates much of how we perceive and react to the world around us. When the brain works differently than normal, it can lead to mental illnesses like schizophrenia. In this lesson, we'll examine the parts and functions of the brain that can lead to schizophrenia.

Phases of Schizophrenia: Prodromal, Active, and Residual

6. Phases of Schizophrenia: Prodromal, Active, and Residual

Patients who suffer from schizophrenia go through phases where their symptoms are less obvious. In this lesson, we'll look closely at the three phases of schizophrenia and the symptoms that are common in each phase.

Genetic and Environmental Influences of Schizophrenia: Causes and Effects

7. Genetic and Environmental Influences of Schizophrenia: Causes and Effects

For years, scientists have debated which has more influence on people: nature or nurture. In this lesson, we'll look at the genetic and environmental influences on the mental disorder schizophrenia.

Delusional Mental Health Disorders: Definition and Characteristics

8. Delusional Mental Health Disorders: Definition and Characteristics

Delusional disorder is a rare psychotic disorder with many subtypes. In this lesson, we'll look at the hallmarks and diagnosis of delusional disorder. We'll also explore the many subtypes, and the symptoms of each.

Schizoaffective Disorder: Depression and Elevation

9. Schizoaffective Disorder: Depression and Elevation

What is schizoaffective disorder, and how is it like the color purple? In this lesson, we'll look at the symptoms, diagnosis, and controversy surrounding schizoaffective disorder.

Brief Psychotic Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

10. Brief Psychotic Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

What happens when a normal person suddenly starts suffering from hallucinations and delusions? In this lesson, we'll look at brief psychotic disorder, including its symptoms and subtypes.

Treating Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders: Managing Mental Health

11. Treating Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders: Managing Mental Health

There are many types of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, which affect the day-to-day lives of many people. In this lesson, we'll look at the treatments commonly used for psychotic disorders, including the difference in types of antipsychotic drugs.

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