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This subject aims to present major approaches to psychological disorders, in which psychopathology is contrasted with "normal" functioning. Reference is made to various theoretical approaches to the aetiologies of disorders/problems, with a focus on recognising the clinical pictures of common psychological disorders/problems that occur in a variety of settings, including, depression, the anxiety disorders, substance abuse/dependence and neurocognitive disorders
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- describe the key features of the major mental disorders, including primary presenting features, co-morbidity, prevalence and incidence data, course and outcome.
- critique the various models of classification of mental disorders;
- explain the dominant psychological models explaining the aetiology and maintenance of the major mental disorders;
- critically evaluate the empirical status of the dominant psychological models explaining the aetiology and maintenance of the major mental disorders.
- describe a biopsychosocial framework for understanding the onset and course of major mental disorders.
Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
Analytical, information integration and synthesizing skills.
Last updated: 9 November 2019