Ch 15: AP Psychology: Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders

About This Chapter

Watch psychological treatment video lessons and learn about individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric drugs, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP Psychology course.

Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders

From the talking cure to electric shock treatment, psychologists have tried many different ways to treat or cure abnormal mental functions. In this chapter, you'll explore the different types of individual therapy, from Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic approach to Carl Roger's humanistic methods. 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 four 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

Individual TherapyGet an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic approaches to individual therapy.
Group TherapyUnderstand when group therapy may be a good choice and the different types of group therapy options that are available.
Psychiatric DrugsLearn about antidepressants, antipsychotics, and lithium, including how they alter brain chemistry.
Biological TherapyExplore when medical treatments for psychological problems are used.
Treatment EffectivenessUnderstand the different ways we can measure if a treatment is working or not.

5 Lessons in Chapter 15: AP Psychology: Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders
Individual Therapy: Psychodynamic, Cognitive & Behavioral

1. 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!

Group Therapy: Definition, Uses & Types

2. 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?

Overview of Psychiatric Drugs: History, Types & Uses

3. 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.

Biological Therapy for Psychological Problems: Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Measuring Psychological Treatment Effectiveness

5. 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.

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