Beyond IQ

Abnormal Psychology

  • 09 Feb 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online
  • 12


  • Available for members of GHF, MAGE, NHAGE, and SENG.

Instructor: Erick A. Medina, PsyD
5-10 students
Suggested Ages: 15+ years old


Abnormal Psychology is the study of behavior and experience that most people would consider unusual, unhealthy, or even dangerous. In this course, we’ll delve into the mysteries of the mind, exploring a number of issues such as how we diagnose, classify, treat, and talk about mental disorders.

We’ll start with some definitions, then discuss the history of the subject. Next we’ll look at how we diagnose and do research into mental disorders. Then we’ll look into a number of different kinds of conditions that cause people and those around them to suffer.

In particular, we’ll take a close look at two areas in which I’ve done research and in whose treatment I specialize: narcissistic and borderline conditions.

The course will end with a class discussion centered around any topic the class wishes covered or gone into in more detail. While there is no textbook, there will be assigned readings that are easily available online. There will also be papers and time for discussion.


Session 1: Introduction: What is Psychology? What is Abnormal?

Session 2: Historical Overview

Session 3: Ways of Thinking About Abnormality Session

4: Diagnosis and Assessment Session

5: Research in Abnormal Psychology Session

6: Anxiety Disorders Session

7: Mood Disorders Session

8: Trauma Session

9: Dissociative & Somatic Disorders Session

10: Substance Use Disorders Session

11: Eating Disorders Session

12: Schizophrenia Session

13: Personality Disorders; Narcissistic Conditions Session

14: Borderline Conditions Session

15: Concluding Discussion

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