Psychology 6321: Advanced Abnormal Psychology
Basic Course Information
a. Basic Course Facts
b. Basic Course Expectations including academic honesty
a. Overall Course Grade
What is "Abnormality"?
I. Historical approaches to judging abnormality
II. The Medical Model
III. Criteria for judging normality
IV. Why classify?
V. Issues with DSM
As you can tell from the syllabus, in this class we will be using the most
I think that the reason there is an increase in the diagnosis rates of autism is that there is
more information about autism than ever before. Many people, parents, teachers, caregivers,
learn about autism and are able to get the child diagnosed and get h
Systematic desensitization is a form of counter conditioning, a type of therapy discovered
by Pavlov, and is used in behavior therapy to treat phobias. It helps people overcome their fears
by gradual and systematic exposure to the object of their fear.
Dementia and delirium can be hard to distinguish from each other. However, there are some
symptoms and behaviors that are unique to each. The onset of symptoms is one of those things.
Dementia has a gradual onset later in life and progressively gets worse
Bipolar and depression have some similar symptoms, so it is key to know what makes these
diseases unique so that you can differentiate between them and give the proper treatment. A
patient with bipolar will experience periods of depression, but a person w
Critics have found many problems with the DSM-5, such as the fact that it was not peer
reviewed due to costs and time constraints. This is probably the reason that some more serious
issues were not addressed and fixed before the release of the DSM-5. One
Defining normal is very tricky because the idea of what is normal is fluid and ever
changing. What one person considers normal, another might find abnormal. Different cultures
and different areas of a country have different ideas of what normal is. Even t