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Psychological Disorders - Course Map and Recommended Resources

Overview

How to Use this Guide

This guide provides information and resources for teaching psychological disorders in an Introduction to Psychology course. All resources are Open Access and can be downloaded or added to a Course Management System (LMS) via the hyperlinks.  

Introduction

This section will touch on a range of psychological disorders and an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). Suicide will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define abnormal behavior

  2. Discuss the diathesis stress model

  3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the DSM-5

  4. Compare and contrast common mental health disorders

    1. Anxiety Disorders

    2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

    3. Trauma and Stress Disorders  

    4. Mood Disorders  

    5. Schizophrenia

    6. Eating Disorders

    7. Personality Disorders  

    8. Disorders in Childhood

  5. Discuss suicide

  6. Define and provide examples of stigma

Cross Cutting Themes

​​​​​​​Ethics

  1. Discuss the pros and cons of labeling an individual with a psychological disorder.

Application

  1. Discuss how we can reduce stigma related to mental illness in the classroom, and in society.

  2. Discuss and gather resources for suicide prevention.

Variations in Human Functioning

  1. Discuss why some individuals who experience trauma are diagnosed with a mental health disorder but other individuals who experience similar trauma are not diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Cultural and Social Diversity

  1. Discuss what is normal vs. abnormal. Evaluate the definition of abnormality and how the definition of abnormality  may differ across culturally or socially diverse communities.

Recommended Resources

What Are Psychological Disorders? – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.1 in Open Stax defines what a psychological disorder is and discusses the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) components of psychological disorders.

Diagnosing and Classifying Psychological Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.2 in Open Stax provides an overview of the DSM-5 and includes a discussion of some of the criticisms.

Perspectives on Psychological Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.3 in Open Stax provides an overview of various perspectives on psychological disorders, including the diathesis stress model.  

Anxiety Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.4 in Open Stax discusses anxiety disorders including specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.5 in Open Stax discusses obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder, and hoarding disorder.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.6 in Open Stax discusses posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

Mood Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.7 in Open Stax discusses mood disorders including major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder. The section also describes suicide. 

Schizophrenia – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.8 in Open Stax provides an overview of schizophrenia. 

Dissociative Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.9 in Open Stax provides an overview of dissociative disorders including dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, and depersonalization/derealization disorder.

Personality Disorders – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.10 in Open Stax provides a basic overview of the ten personality disorders with extra emphasis on antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.   

Disorders in Childhood – OpenStax

This section of Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders Module 15.11 in Open Stax discusses disorders of childhood including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder.

Supplemental Resources

History of Mental Illness – NOBA

This module on the History of Mental Illness is from the Noba Project. It provides additional information on the definition of abnormality and discussion of DSM-5 strengths and weaknesses.

Mental Health Topics – TED

This website is a collection of Ted Talks that are related to mental health.

There's No Shame in Taking Care of your Mental Health (Video)

This Ted Talk presented by Sangu Delle titled “There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health” discusses the stigma related to men seeking mental health treatment.

Public Service Announcements

Bring Change to Mind is a non-profit organization that has a lot of information and public service announcements to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce stigma related to mental illness.

Depression

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website provides an overview of depression including a video to illustrate what it is like to have depression.

Schizophrenia

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website provides an overview of schizophrenia including a video to illustrate what it is like to have hallucinations and delusions.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website has a lot of information and fact sheets about specific mental health disorders, as well as, numerous videos about stigma and how to reduce stigma.