Abnormal Psychology is one of the courses offered by the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at Open University Malaysia (OUM). This course is offered to all students taking the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours programme. This module aims to impart the fundamentals of abnormal psychology. This module should be able to form a strong foundation for subsequent psychological courses, in particular Clinical Psychology.
Episode 1 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Episode 1 begins with a discussion on the basic overview of abnormality. The various paradigms of abnormal psychology will be introduced. The complex bio-psychosocial factors that cause psychological disorders and the intervention for the disorders will be studied.
Episode 2 - Anxiety Disorders and Neuroses
Episode 2 introduces various etiological factors, theories, manifestations, assessments and psychotherapeutic managements of anxiety disorders and other neurosis.
Episode 3 - Major Psychiatric Disorders
Episode 3 discusses the various etiological factors, theories, manifestations, assessments and psychotherapeutic managements of major psychological problems i.e. affective disorder, psychotic disorder and suicide.
Episode 4 - Physiological Psychology and Organic Brain Syndrome
Episode 4 discusses the interconnection between our mental and physical wellbeing. The physiological changes and medical diseases which are related to exposure to stress will be discussed. Manifestation and management of organic brain syndrome and mental retardation will be highlighted.
Episode 5 - Social Problems: Personality Disorders and Substance Use Disorders
Episode 5 introduces various manifestations and managements of personality disorders. Manifestations and contemporary managements of psychological disorders related to substance misuse in our country are also discussed.
Episode 6 - Social Problems: Sexual Disorders and Sexual Dysfunction
Episode 6 introduces the psychological problems that are related to sexual problems. The unconventional sexual disorders and issues regarding homosexuality will be discussed. Legal and social implications of sexual disorder will be highlighted.