In the Abnormal Psychology course you will learn to identify the categories of psychological disorders and their causes and how they can affect a person’s behaviour.

This course is of benefit to you if you have a keen interest in how the mind works and if you work in a counselling, education, support or youth work role that means you are dealing with clients with a range of behavioural disorders. The course is self-paced to suit your lifestyle.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 

There are 11 lessons in this course:


1.            Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy


*             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; Alderian, Behavior, Existential, Gestalt, Person

Centered Therapy, Psycho analysis, Rational Emotive, Reality Therapy, Transactional.


2.            Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders


*             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


3.           Substance-Related Disorders


*             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


4.            Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders


*             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


5.            Mood Disorders


*             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


6.            Anxiety Disorders


*             Scope and Nature

*             Anxiety Symptoms

*             Generalized anxiety disorders

*             Phobic anxiety disorders

*             Panic disorder

*             Treatments -intervention, drugs, etc.

*             Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


7.            Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders


*             Somatization Disorder

*             Conversion Disorder

*             Pain Disorder

*             Hypochondriasis

*             Body Dysmorphic Disorder

*             Factitious Disorders;types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis

*             Munchausen's Syndrome

*             Disconnective Disorders

*             Psychogenic Amnesia

*             Psychogenic Fugue

*             Disconnective Identity Disorder

*             Depersonalization Disorder


8.            Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders


*             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

*             Paraphilias

*             Pedophilia

*             Gender Identity Disorder (Transexualism)


9.            Eating and Sleep Disorders


*             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 Apnea

*             Prognosis for Sleep Apnea


10.          Impulse-Control Disorders; Adjustment Disorder


*             Symptoms of adjustment disorders

*             Risk Factors for Adjustment Disorders

*             Impulse Control Disorders

*             Intermittent Explosive Disorder

*             Kleptomania

*             Pyromania

*             Pathological Gambling

*             Trichotillomania

*             Compulsive Skin Picking


11.          Personality Disorders


*             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.


Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Identify disorders first prevalent under 18 years of age
  • Describe how you would diagnose a case of suspected Autism in a child of 4 years of age
  • Compare and contrast delirium and dementia
  • Distinguish between substance abuse disorders and substance dependence disorders
  • Differentiate between psychotic disorders
  • Distinguish between Unipolar disorders and Bipolar disorders
  • Describe different types of Anxiety Disorders
  • Distinguish between Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
  • Explain the primary criticisms of dissociative identity disorder
  • Provide a diagnosis of a case study and justify your diagnosis
  • Discuss Gender Identity Disorder, Paraphilia’s and Sexual Dysfunction
  • Explain what distinguishes a preference of sexual act or object as a paraphilia
  • Identify Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders