Abnormal Psychology


Abnormal psychology focuses on diagnosing, explaining and treating humans suffering from psychological disorders. This option begins with a consideration of normal and abnormal behavior. An understanding of issues related to diagnosis provides a framework for the subsequent study of disorders and therapeutic approaches.
Although there are numerous psychological disorders this option focuses on the following three groups of disorders:
-Anxiety (for example, agoraphobia)
-Affective (for example, depression)
-Eating (for example, bulimia).
By studying one disorder from two of these groups of disorders, students are encouraged to develop an awareness of the range of psychological disorders. This approach embraces the etiology, symptoms and prevalence of each disorder. As a consequence of this understanding, it is possible to administer effective treatments while at the same time having an appreciation of relevant cultural and gender variations.
Therapeutic approaches to treating disorder may be broadly organized into three groups.
-Biomedical therapies (for example, drug therapy)
-Individual psychological therapies (for example, systematic desensitization, cognitive restructuring therapy)
-Group psychological therapies (for example, encounter groups, family therapy, and community-based therapy)
Therapies from each of these approaches involve the use of specific techniques that need to be applied appropriately. These approaches should reflect a considerable degree of efficacy and ethical appropriateness to the specific disorder.

General Learning Outcomes

1. To what extent do biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors influence abnormal behavior? (22)
2. Evaluate psychological research relevant to the study of abnormal behavior. (22)
Concepts and diagnosis
3. Examine the concepts of normality and abnormality. (22).
4. Discuss validity and reliability of diagnosis. (22)
5. Discuss cultural and ethical considerations in diagnosis (for example cultural variation and stigmatization). (22)
Psychological disorders
6. Describe symptoms and prevalence of one anxiety/affective/eating disorder. (8)
7. Analyze etiologies (in terms of biological, cognitive and/or sociocultural factors) of one anxiety/affective/eating disorder. (8)
Implementing Treatment
8. Examine biomedical, individual and group approaches to treatment.
9. Evaluate the use of biomedical, individual and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder.
10. Discuss the use of eclectic approaches to treatment.
11. Discuss the relationship between etiology and therapeutic approach in relation to one disorder.

Dull Rats/Bright RatsTeens: "This is your brain on drugs"Anxiety Test
Emotional Eating TestHappiness TestInteractive faces of abnormal psychologyThin-Documentary on eating disordersPeople say i'm crazyMultiple PersonalitiesHow Mad Are You?PsychopathA&E InterventionsCase StudiesAnderson Cooper and SchizophreniaSchizophrenia Documentary HBODiana Ross Movie on SchizophreniaWhen Anxiety AttacksMood Disorders-Simple ExplanationUp/Down MoviePersonality Disorders: DocumentaryBBC History of a MadhouseVikram Patel: Mental Health for all

Abnormal Psychology in Film
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Abnormal Psychology
Donnie Darko Abnormal Psychology
Benny and Joon Abnormal Psychology
Identity Psych disorders
Running With Scissors Psych disorders, unethical therapy
Lars and the Real Girl Delusional disorder
Little Miss Sunshine Psych disorders
The Long Kiss Goodnight DID
Reign on Me PTSD
Silence of the Lambs Psychological disorders
Copycat Psychological disorders
Rainman Autism
American Psycho
A Clockwork Orange
Dexter Antisocial Personality Disorder
Train-Man Social anxiety disorder
The Butterfly Effect
Primal Fear Psych disorders
12 Angry Men Social psychological concepts
As Good As it Gets OCD
Passion of Mind Dissociative Identity Disorder
Control Antisocial Personality Disorder, experimentation
K-Pax Psych disorders
Memento Memory
A Beautiful Mind Schizophrenia
Mr. Jones Bi-Polar disorder
Girl, Interrupted Psych disorders
Spun Drug Addiction
Iris Alzheimer’s disease
Fight Club Psych disorders
About Schmidt Issues faced in older adulthood
Secretary Sadomasochism
Crash Attitudes, prejudice, discrimination
Touching the Void Theories of motivation
Normal Gender Identity Disorder
Matchstick Men Obsessive-compulsive disorder
The Aviator Psych disorders
Seven Psychological disorders
Spider Psych disorders
The Ted Bundy Story Antisocial personality disorder
Heavenly Creatures Shared psychosis
Sybil Multiple Personality Disorders