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PSYC B1A: Psychological Disorders: Welcome

This LibGuiide was created for Professor Young-Gomez's Psychological Disorders Writing Assignment.

Psychological Disorders Writing Assignment Guidelines

  • You must identify and discuss the following points in your paper:
    • Name and brief description of the disorder
    • Main symptoms (remember to touch upon cognitive, behavioral, and emotional realms of which are our focus for this class)
    • Prevalence rates
    • A case illustration from a celebrity account, personal account, or other source to demonstrate how the symptoms may appear in an actual patient.
    • A brief summary of the most effective and evidence-based treatment methods for this disorder.

  • This assignment requires that you utilize a minimum of three (3) different reference sources.  You are allowed to use our textbook as one source of information; however, you are encouraged to use other sources of reference material (i.e., scholarly books or articles) that you can find at the library. Do not use Wikipedia, Psychology Today, or another social media site that is aimed at the average layperson.  Be sure that you correctly cite (in APA style) any reference materials within the body of your paper and on your Reference Page. 
    • This paper must be a minimum of two (2) FULL pages in length and a maximum of four (4) pages.  It should include a Title Page and a Reference page which do not count in the page totals required of this assignment.

Psychological Disorders Writing Assignment Topics

List of Psychological Disorders to Choose From:

  1. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    1. Intellectual Disability
    2. Global Developmental Disability
    3. Autism Spectrum Disorder
    4. Tourette’s Disorder

  1. Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
    1. Delusional Disorder
    2. Schizophrenia
    3. Schizoaffective Disorder
    4. Substance/Medication Induced Psychotic Disorder

  1. Bipolar and Related Disorders
    1. Bipolar I Disorder
    2. Bipolar II Disorder
    3. Cyclothymic Disorder

  1. Depressive Disorders
    1. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
    2. Major Depressive Disorder
    3. Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
    4. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

  1. Anxiety Disorders
    1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    2. Agoraphobia
    3. Social Anxiety Disorder
    4. Panic Disorder
    5. Separation Anxiety Disorder
    6. Specific Phobia (must choose a specific type of animal, environmental, blood/injury, or situational phobia to write about)

  1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
    1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    2. Body-Dysmorphic Disorder
    3. Hoarding Disorder
    4. Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder)
    5. Excoriation (skin-picking disorder)

  1. Trauma & Stress-Related Disorders
    1. Acute Stress Disorder
    2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    3. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  2. Dissociative Disorders
    1. Dissociative Amnesia
    2. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
    3. Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder

  1. Somatic Symptom & Related Disorders
    1. Somatic Symptom Disorder
    2. Illness Anxiety Disorder
    3. Conversion Disorder
    4. Factitious Disorder

  1. Eating Disorders
    1. Pica
    2. Anorexia Nervosa
    3. Bulimia
    4. Binge Eating Disorder

  1. Sleep Disorders
    1. Narcolepsy
    2. Insomnia Disorder
    3. Hypersomnolence
    4. Parasomnias
      1. Non-REM Sleep Arousal Disorder
        1. Sleepwalking Type or (2) Sleep Terror Type
      2. Nightmare Disorder
    5. Restless Legs Syndrome

  1. Disruptive Disorders
    1. Kleptomania
    2. Pyromania
    3. Conduct Disorder
    4. Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  1. Personality Disorders
    1. Antisocial Personality Disorder
    2. Avoidant Personality Disorder
    3. Borderline Personality Disorder
    4. Dependent Personality Disorder
    5. Histrionic Personality Disorder
    6. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    7. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
    8. Paranoid Personality Disorder
    9. Schizoid Personality Disorder
    10. Schizotypal Personality Disorder


word cluster in shape of human with various psychological disorders

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