Psychological Disorders

Psychological Disorders


  1. Identify the criteria for judging whether behavior is psychologically disordered.

  2. Describe the major medical model of psychological disorders, and discuss the bio-psycho-social perspective offered by critics to this model.

  3. Describe the aims of DSM-IV, and discuss the potential dangers associated with the use of diagnostic labels.

  4. Describe the prevalence of various disorders and the timing of their onset.

  5. Describe the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  6. Explain the development of anxiety disorders from both a learning and biological perspective.

  7. Describe the characteristics ad possible causes of Dissociative identity disorder.

  8. Describe the nature of personality disorder, focusing on the characteristics of the antisocial personality disorder.

  9. Describe major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

  10. Explain the development of mood disorders, paying special attention to the biological and social-cognitive perspectives.

  11. Describe the various symptoms and types of schizophrenia.

  12. Discuss research on the causes of schizophrenia.

Vocabulary: psychological disorder, medical model, bio-psycho-social perspective, DSM-IV, neurotic disorder, psychotic disorder, anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dissociative disorders, dissociative identity disorder, personality disorders, antisocial personality disorder, mood disorders, major depressive disorder, manic episode, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, delusions, hallucinations, Paranoid/Disorganized/Catatonic/Undifferentiated/Residual schizophrenia.