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AP Psychology: Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders - Chapter Summary
From the talking cure to electric shock treatment, psychologists have tried many different ways to treat or cure abnormal mental functions. In this AP Psychology test prep chapter, you'll explore the different types of individual therapy. You'll learn about the three groups of psychiatric drugs and how each changes brain chemistry to reach a desired result. There are also some controversial biological treatments, and we'll explain how and why these are used. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain different approaches to individual therapy
- Discuss how psychiatric drugs alter brain chemistry
- Understand the role of group therapy
- Relate how we determine the effectiveness of treatments
- Name biological treatments and how they work
- Define psychotherapy and discuss different types
- Compare and contrast the effectiveness of mental health treatments in relationship to cultural factors
- List ways to prevent mental disorders
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1. What Is Psychotherapy? - Definition, Types & Approaches
Psychotherapy is a treatment process to help people deal with psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of how it works or how problematic untreated mental health issues can be. This lesson covers what psychotherapy is and how it is used to help others.
2. Individual Therapy: Psychodynamic, Cognitive & Behavioral
What are the different approaches to individual therapy? In this lesson, we'll watch as Mary tries to find the type of individual therapy that works best for her. Will she be able to overcome her problems? Let's find out!
3. Group Therapy: Definition, Uses & Types
When an individual has personal problems they want to work on with the help of a professional therapist, they don't necessarily have to do it one-on-one. They could benefit from group therapy instead. When is group therapy a good option?
4. Overview of Psychiatric Drugs: History, Types & Uses
Have you ever been curious about how psychiatric drugs work, or more specifically, which psychiatric drugs are used for which disorders? This lesson outlines some common psychiatric disorders and how various medications are used to treat and subdue psychotic symptoms.
5. Biological Therapy for Psychological Problems: Definition & Examples
Do you think psychological problems can be fixed with electric shocks or brain surgery? Find out more about biological treatments for mental problems and the controversial role they played in treating patients.
6. Measuring Psychological Treatment Effectiveness
In this lesson we'll explore factors that contribute to treatment effectiveness in psychological treatment plans. We'll also analyze ways to assess effectiveness and the importance of doing so.
7. Issues in Mental Health Treatment: Cultural Factors, Effectiveness & Empirical Validation
Although psychological treatment continues to improve, there are still some issues in this area. In this lesson, we'll look closer at cultural factors that affect treatment and the difficulty of proving treatment effectiveness via empirical validation.
8. Preventing Mental Disorders
This lesson goes over some of the many possible causes of mental disorders and some of the ways they can be prevented. Covered topics include the loss of family, friends, social isolation, and drug abuse.
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