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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

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    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
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