Psychopathology II

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Session Overview

How are mental disorders diagnosed and treated? This session explores the two main categories of psychological treatment – behavioral therapies and medical (drug) therapies. For OCD, depression and ADHD, we’ll look at the current scientific understanding of these disorders and compare methods of treatment.

Keywords: psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, diagnosis, medication, psychopharmacology, CBT, depression, OCD, ADHD, ADD, Ritalin

Image: “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear,” Vincent Van Gogh (1889).

Session Activities

Readings

Read the following before watching the lecture video.

  • [ Sacks] Chapter 11, “Cupid’s Disease” (pp. 102-107)
  • Finish the chapter you started for the previous session:
    • [ K&R] Chapter 12, “Treatment: Healing Actions, Healing Words”
    • [ Stangor] Finish Chapter 12, “Defining Psychological Disorders,” and Chapter 13, “Treating Psychological Disorders.”  
       

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Discussion: Psychopathology

In this discussion, we’ll talk about psychological disorders, or psychopathology. It’s a really interesting question: what kinds of behavior exceed the normal range of behavior for human beings? Which behaviors are truly pathological, as opposed to simply uncommon or exceptional?… Read more »

Further Study

"Extra credit" writing assignment: Is it ethical to use cognition-enhancing drugs?

These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.

TYPE CONTENT CONTEXT
Supplemental videos The World of Abnormal Psychology. Annenberg Learner, 1992. 13 1-hour videos on various psychopathology topics
Supplemental video NIMH.gov. “ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, Research.” Sept. 10, 2010. YouTube. Accessed March 9, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgCL79Jv0lc Video about ADHD by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.
Textbook supplement Study materials for Ch. 15, “Psychological Disorders: Healing Actions, Healing Words.” In Kosslyn & Rosenberg, Psychology in Context, 3/e (Pearson, 2007) Practice test questions, flashcards, and media for this related textbook

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