Ch 15: Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the basics of mental illnesses that cause physical symptoms 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 Somatoform 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 Somatoform disorders, including conversion disorder Historical and contemporary views; causes and treatment options for conversion disorder
Tuesday Somatization disorder Diagnosis, causes, treatment and cognitive-behavioral therapy
Wednesday Pain disorder Reasons pain disorder is considered psychological
Thursday Hypochondriasis Diagnosis, causes and treatment
Friday Body dysmorphic disorder and other somatoform disorders Obsessive-compulsive disorder vs. body dysmorphic disorder, diagnosis, causes, treatment; undifferentiated somatoform disorder and somatoform disorder not otherwise specified

7 Lessons in Chapter 15: Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans
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Somatoform Disorders: Definition and Perspectives

1. 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.

Conversion Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

2. Conversion Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

Have you ever heard the expression 'mind over matter?' Well, that pretty much describes conversion disorder. In this lesson, we'll learn about the history, symptoms, causes, and treatment of the mental illness known as conversion disorder.

Somatization Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

3. Somatization Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

What happens when someone has symptoms of being ill, but doctors can't find anything wrong with them? They might have somatization disorder. In this lesson, we'll look closely at the symptoms, causes, and treatment of somatization disorder.

Pain Disorder: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

4. Pain Disorder: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

When you think of something called pain disorder, it may sound like a purely physical disorder. Interestingly enough, it is actually classified as a mental disorder. Find out more in this lesson.

Hypochondriasis: Definition, Causes and Treatment

5. Hypochondriasis: Definition, Causes and Treatment

What happens when someone believes they are dying, even though they're healthy? In this lesson, we will look at hypochondriasis, including what it is, what causes it, and how it is treated.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

6. Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment

For some people, the person in the mirror is not aligned with reality. In this lesson, we'll look closer at body dysmorphic disorder, its symptoms, causes, and treatment.

Other Somatoform Disorders: Undifferentiated and Not Otherwise Specified

7. Other Somatoform Disorders: Undifferentiated and Not Otherwise Specified

What happens when someone has physical symptoms without a physical cause? In this lesson, we'll look at undifferentiated and not otherwise specified somatoform disorders, including what they are and diagnostic issues surrounding them.

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