Distinguish among biological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to psychological disorders.
- Juxtapose normal behavior with abnormal behavior.
- Discuss the medical perspective on psychological disorders.
- Determine the sociocultural connections to psychological disorders.
- Create an argument for why diagnoses are necessary.
Synthesize the biological and psychological explanations of depressive disorder.
- Create an argument for why depression is often called the “common cold” of psychological disorders.
- List the biological and psychological causes of depression.
- Determine if persons who die by suicide leave clues of their intention.
Understand the causes of an anxiety disorder.
- Connect cultural variables to anxiety disorders.
- Describe the biological origins of panic.
- Compare a simple phobia with a social phobia.
Understand how exposure to a traumatic or stressful event can result in the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Determine if gender differences in PTSD exist.
- List the functional consequences of PTSD.
Describe the purpose of a compulsive behavior for persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Provide examples of obsessive thoughts.
- Discuss the biology underlying obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Recognize the differences between a manic phase and a depressed phase.
- Understand why the DSM-5 separated bipolar disorder from depressive disorders.
- Identify biological issues that might contribute to the progression of a manic phase.
- Explain the significance of public figures advocating for persons with bipolar disorder.
Recognize the features that personality disorders have in common.
- Define a personality disorder.
- Compare borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder.
- Create an argument for why is there so much interest in antisocial personality disorder.
Understand the range of symptoms that persons with schizophrenia experience.
- Tell what the word schizophrenia means.
- List the five major symptoms of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
- Compare a delusion with a hallucination.
- Explain the evidence for the genetic and environmental roots of schizophrenia.
Define what it means to “dissociate,” and connect that definition with the disorder; appreciate the perspectives of believers and skeptics.
- Recognize the symptoms of a dissociative disorder.
- Develop an argument for the skepticism toward dissociative identity disorder.