Practice in Abnormal Psychology
Caveat: These are exercises developed for students in an undergraduate abnormal psychology class. They are designed to be self-tests for knowledge gained from reading. Casual visitors to this website should NOT expect to be able to competently do diagnosis on the basis of this website.
What is diagnosable? After you've read Chapter 1 about what abnormal behavior is and isn't, try this exercise.
What's happening in your brain? Test your understanding of how the major parts of the nervous system interact. Based on your Chapter 2 reading.
Follow an impulse! How neurotransmitters work. Also from Chapter 2.
What assessment to do for what? Do you know what assessments are important for psychodiagnosis? Can you name the assessments?
The Case of John: Diagnosis of Disorders related to Anxiety, Stress, and OCD In this activity you'll see what it is like to do a diagnosis.
The Case of Jennifer: Diagnosis of disorders of mood In this activity you'll see what it is like to do a diagnosis.
Differential Diagnosis of Somatic Symptom Disorders: Earn "Diagnostician Dollars" while you match sentences with disorders. Read your chapter first!
Differential Diagnosis of Dissociative Disorders: A variation on the "Diagnostician Dollars" game.
The Case of Karla: Diagnosis of Psychosis
Characteristics of Eating Disorders: Earn "Diagnostician Dollars" by matching the symptom or characteristic with the proper disorder/disorders.
Who are they? Variations of Gender-Related Behaviors. Can you distinguish between gender identity disorders, transvestic fetishism, drag queens, cross-dressers and intersexed? Warning: Descriptions of behaviors are fairly explicit and designed to educate students on the differentiation of various sexual behaviors. Do not start if you are uncomfortable with varieties of sexual behavior.
Factors in addiction. What influences people to become addicted?
Disorders First Apparent in Childhood
Neurocognitive Disorders: What is happening to your "mother"?
Differential Diagnosis of Personality Disorders
Mental Health and the Law: Explore the law through a case history.
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