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Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Mental Disorders) Course Guide

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Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Mental Disorders) Course Guide


Criteria for determining abnormality/Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders/Childhood Disorders/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Conduct Disorder/Mental Retardation/Asperger’s Disorder/Stereotypic Movement Disorder/Normal Functioning/Depression in Childhood/Anxiety Disorders/Types of Therapy; Adlerian, Behaviour, Existential, Gestalt, Person Centred Therapy, Psycho analysis, Rational Emotive, Reality Therapy, Transactional.
Types of cognitive disorders/Delirium/Dementia/Types of Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease/Comparing Dementia and Delirium/Amnesia/Cognitive Disorder NOS/Pseudo Dementia/Research Methods in Biopsychology
Scope and nature of Substance Abuse/Reasons for Using Drugs/Substance Dependence/Intoxication and Withdrawal/Alcohol Dependence and DT’s/Substance Dependence/Substance Abuse/Drug Misuse/Classes of Drugs/Amphetamines/Cocaine/Crack/Opium and Heroin/LSD/Other Drugs, steroids, Ritalin, inhalants, etc./Risks with specific drugs/Older adults susceptible to Prescription Misuse
Scope and nature/Psychosis/Treating Psychosis/Schizoaffective Disorders/Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders/Onset of Schizophrenia/Symptoms of Schizophrenia/Treating Schizophrenia/Schizophrenia and violence/Biology of Schizophrenia/Antipsychotic Medications/Psychosocial Treatments/Role of the Patients Support System
Depressive Disorders/Determining Type of Depression/Unipolar disorders and bipolar disorders./Risk Factors for Depression/Men and Depression/Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment/Types of Treatment
Scope and Nature/Anxiety Symptoms/Generalised anxiety disorders/Phobic anxiety disorders/panic disorder/Treatments -intervention, drugs, etc./Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Somatisation Disorder/Conversion Disorder/Pain Disorder/Hypochondriasis/Body Dysmorphic Disorder/Factitious Disorders; types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis/Munchausen’s Syndrome/Dissociative Disorders/Psychogenic Amnesia/Psychogenic Fugue/Dissociative Identity Disorder/Depersonalisation Disorder
Scope and Nature/Hypoactive Sexual Disorder/Sexual Aversion/Female Sexual Arousal Disorder/Male Erectile Disorder/Female and Male Orgasmic Disorders/Premature Ejaculation/Dyspareunia/Vaginismus/Secondary Sexual Dysfunction/Paraphilia/Paedophilia/Gender Identity Disorder (Transsexualism)
Scope and nature of Eating Disorders/Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia/Binge Eating Disorder/Treatment Strategies/Research Findings and Directions/Sleep Disorders; scope and nature/Treatments for Sleep Apnoea/Prognosis for Sleep Apnoea
Symptoms of adjustment disorders/Risk Factors for Adjustment Disorders/Impulse Control Disorders/Intermittent Explosive Disorder/Kleptomania/Pyromania/Pathological Gambling/Trichotillomania/Compulsive Skin Picking
Scope and Nature of Personality Disorders/Antisocial Personality Disorder/Avoidant Personality Disorder/Dependent Personality Disorder/Histrionic Personality Disorder/Narcissistic Personality Disorder/Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder/Paranoid Personality Disorder/Schizoid Personality Disorder/Borderline Personality Disorder; symptoms, treatment, research, etc.
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This course costs €399.00 or only €25 per week on a no-deposit, interest-free payment plan. Click here to get started now. 

This course takes approximately 100 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week, but if life gets busy, you can apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon completing this course, you will better understand the psychological makeup of people you come into contact with at work and in your personal life.

Contact a friendly student advisor on 01 437 8559 to learn about potential career outcomes and where our courses could take you. You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

Your course is delivered through our online learning platform, which you can access from any web browser 24/7 to work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the necessary resources at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates; you can start whenever you are ready, and your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 14-day cooling-off period (trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to review all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money-back guarantee*.

Yes. The Career Academy offers a comprehensive overview of abnormal psychology with our Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Mental Disorders). This course is a great step towards understanding how abnormal psychology can impact the lives of people around us.

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