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PSY 102 Abnormal PSychology

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    Aug 03, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I'd absolutely recommend that anyone who needs or wishes to take General, Developmental, or Abnormal Psychology at Bergen Community College takes it with Professor Tom Martin. It's a fluffy courseload with plenty of reading and little writing to do that goes by seamlessly, if you stay on top of learning target course material.

    Course highlights:

    This class involved many engaging discussions on topics in Abnormal Psychology. Professor Martin's power-points are good study guide markers and his actual study guides are amazing. If you complete them thoroughly you're practically sure to do well on his fully multiple choice scantron exams. There were plenty of real life scenarios and applications shared too, which kept the class interesting.

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    12+ hours

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    Read every chapter assigned, before the scheduled lecture pertaining to it. Start the paper and study guides as soon as possible and be prepared to ask and/or answer relevant questions in class.

    • Spring 2017
    • Tom Martin
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Abnormal Psychology provides an interesting exploration into what makes the mentally ill tick. Several distinctive perspectives are discussed to explain disorders ranging from mood disorders to substance use disorders. Additionally, criteria is stressed to diagnose accurately. I would recommend this course if the student is looking forward to a career in Social Work or Psychology. On the same token, it would also work for those who share an understandable curiosity to the material and aren't in either of the two aforementioned majors.

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    With mental disorders, there is a discernible overlap. Depression can coexist with anxiety, much like Borderline Personality Disorder can be similar to Histrionic Personality Disorder. Controversy has been sparked as a result of this comorbidity, Clinicians are divided between taking a categorical approach to diagnosing and a dimensional one. In diagnosing patients using separate categories, one psychologist can assign a label to one person and another can give a completely different one. This perpetuates the stigma placed on mental health and yields misdiagnosis. The dimensional approach provides a more in-depth analysis of the person, using severity of symptoms as a guide. Tackling psychopathy on a spectrum there is less room for misdiagnosis.

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Time management and organization is important in being successful in this course. A lot of information and criteria will be thrown at you, so setting time aside outside of class to understand the material well will be the most helpful. Paying attention is half the battle. It is up to you to go more in-depth by reviewing the chapters and taking stellar notes. If your college offers tutoring, take advantage of it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Melissa Harwin
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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