This course provides a review of a broad spectrum of psychopathological conditions as defined in the DSM-IV. The focus of this course will include the etiology, prevalence & incidence, signs & symptoms, and criteria for differential diagnosis. The emphasis of the course will be on comparing and contrasting different theoretical perspectives on each disorder, as well as reviewing the empirical literature in support of these theoretical perspectives. The course is aimed at giving the student an idea of what constitutes mental illness.
The course aims at imparting knowledge on general psychopathology and how to apply the theories in management of psychopathological conditions
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, learners should be able to:-
- Be familiar with and able to discuss several different theoretical perspectives in the general field of psychopathology as well as the empirical support for these theories.
- Be able to apply these theoretical perspectives in reviewing each of the psychopathological conditions covered in the course.
- Be familiar with and able to discuss the DSM multiaxial classification of mental disorders and the criteria for diagnosing these disorders.
- Be able to apply the DSM classification system in determining the appropriate diagnosis of clinical cases.
- Have a substantial foundation of knowledge about psychopathology to apply in formulating appropriate and effective intervention strategies to treat a broad spectrum of psychopathological conditions.