Abnormal Psychology


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PSY206 - Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology is the scientific study of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that interfere with psychologically adaptive functioning. An understanding of the principles of mental and emotional functioning is an essential part of both self-knowledge and an understanding of others. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the concepts and theories of abnormal psychology. In addition, an appreciation of the determinants of psychopathology sheds light on not only disturbed functioning, but also normal and adaptive psychological processes. Following a consideration of theories, concepts, and research, the various types of psychopathologies will be considered, with special emphasis on anxiety disorders, personality disturbances, mood dysfunctions, and abnormal thought processes. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course ultimately allow students to successfully navigate personal, social, and professional life. Students are encouraged to draw from their own experience as the course progresses.

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