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PSYCH 342 Abnormal Psychology

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    Nov 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    In my opinion, this course is vital to a degree in Psychology. Take it! The focus is on mental disorders. It is heavy, and there is a lot to learn, with a ton of reading, but focus on the definitions and you will do great.

    Course highlights:

    Part of the course requirement involves volunteering at the Utah State Hospital (Mental Hospital in Provo). It is amazing! You get to choose an area to serve in. I chose physical therapy. You get to work with all ages of patients and the work is very service oriented. I could not have loved it more. This is definitely one of my favorite classes!

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't underestimate the amount of time it will take to read the chapters. Take your time and try to digest as you go. I also found it helpful to create case studies for each disorder, with a treatment plan, as I read. It helped me pick out the details of the disorders, including diagnosis criteria, treatment plans, symptoms, etc. Between that and focusing on the definitions, you will do great.

    • Fall 2016
    • Krista Dowdle
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class
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    Jun 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was a fascinating in-depth look at abnormal psychological states and conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, anorexia, and many more. Not only did we learn about the different names of the diseases and how they are typically diagnosed, but we also discussed therapeutic methods and lifestyle alterations that exist for people living with these conditions.

    Course highlights:

    One of my favorite assignments required students to watch a movie and unpack the different psychological abnormalities present in the characters. The movie I chose to analyze was Harold and Maude, which was a movie I already knew and loved. However, when I watched it for this assignment, I was able to pinpoint Harold's different symptoms and connect them to possible diagnoses of his condition. I learned not only the what, but they why behind different psychological disorders and abnormalities. And I loved it.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    As a part of this course, volunteer hours are required. I would recommend spending a small amount of hours each week volunteering at one of the approved locations in order to reduce the level of stress at the end of the semester.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr.Larsen
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    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Participation Counts

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