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Course Description

Abnormal Psychology is a highly complex and fascinating field of study. The modern psychological community has made tremendous strides in better understanding, diagnosing and treating abnormal disorders of the mind compared to centuries and even decades ago. While there is still much stigma attached to this branch of mental illness, it is less so than in the past.  This course will introduce you to the many faces of abnormal psychology. It will discuss old and new ideas surrounding this branch of psychology and will offer general information about how abnormal psychologists and psychiatrists identify and treat these types of mental illnesses.  


There are fifteen comprehensive lessons written in an easy to follow, informative manner. The end of each lesson will provide you with multiple summary review questions as well as an assignment so that you may effectively test your new found knowledge. We encourage you to use these self-test questions to determine whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or if you should review portions of the preceding lesson before taking the next step. Do not rush yourself. Take the time to read all portions of the lessons and complete the exercises and self-tests.


There is a comprehensive bibliography at the end of the course which lists all texts and Web sites used as reference materials in the creation of this course.  It is a valuable resource in finding more in-depth information on specific topics that are beyond the scope of this course.


Whether you are considering an education or a career in abnormal psychology or if you are simply interested in learning more about this fascinating field of study, this course will introduce you to a better understanding of the intricacies of the human mind and the ever evolving study of Abnormal Psychology.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

This lesson will provide information about these topics, so that you have a clear idea of what abnormal psychology is, and how it differs from other branches in the field. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: What is Abnormal Psychology?; A Guide to Abnormal Psychology
  • Take Poll: Abnormal Psychology
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: History of Abnormal Psychology

Views, treatment, and understanding of mental illness has changed drastically throughout the ages. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Review Article: The History of Mental Illness Treatment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Overview of Abnormal Psychology Types

This lesson will introduce you to the major categories of mental and emotional illnesses. You will be briefly introduced to definitions, symptoms, and some causes of the most common mental and emotional illnesses. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: Anxiety Disorders; Personality Disorders
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Anxiety Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the many sub-categories, or sub-types, of anxiety disorder. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: OCD; PTSD
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Eating Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the sub-categories of eating disorder. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: Eating Disorders; Bulimia Nervosa
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Mood Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the sub-categories of mood disorder. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: Seasonal Affective Disorder; Bipolar Disorder
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Personality Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the many sub-categories of personality disorder. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Review Article: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Schizophrenia Up Close

Since schizophrenia does not have any sub-types, in this lesson you will learn more about schizophrenia. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: Schizophrenia; Causes and Symptoms of Schizophrenia
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Sexual Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the many sub-categories of sexual disorder. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: Fetishism; Exhibitionism
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Delusional Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the many sub-categories of delusional disorder. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: Delusional Disorder; Delusions
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Substance Abuse Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the sub-categories of substance abuse disorder. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video A
  • Review Article: Alcoholism
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Dissociative Disorders Up Close

In this lesson, you will be given definitions of the sub-categories of dissociative disorder. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video A
  • Review Article: Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: The Personal Impact of Living with Mental Illness

Living with a mental illness is, indeed, a very difficult and stressful prospect. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video A
  • Review Article: Coping with Mental Illness
  • Take Poll: Mental Illness Stigma
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Treatment Options for Abnormal Mental Illnesses

The use of diet, exercise, and supplements has gained in popularity in recent years. It has been shown to help with mental illness, and the only side effects are a healthier mind and body. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video A
  • Review Article: Treatment of Children
  • Take Poll: Mental Health
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: New Discoveries and Hope in Identification and Treatment

New research shows that those with mental illness have different brain chemistry and genes than those who do not. These findings are helping scientists discover new ways to treat, and cure, a large variety of disorders. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video A
  • Review 2 Articles: News about Mental Illness; National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: In Closing

The first step to getting help is admitting there is a problem, and then seeking assistance in treating the problem. Bibliography and websites. 99 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Find Support; Mental Health Services Locator
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what abnormal psychology is.
  • Know the history of abnormal psychology.
  • Recognize abnormal psychology types.
  • Identify anxiety disorders up close.
  • Identify eating disorders up close.
  • Identify mood disorders up close.
  • Identify personality disorders up close.
  • Identify schizophrenia up close.
  • Identify sexual disorders up close.
  • Identify delusional disorders up close.
  • Describe substance abuse disorders up close.
  • Describe dissociative disorders up close.
  • Know the personal impact of living with mental illness.
  • Identify treatment options for abnormal mental illnesses.
  • Recognize new discoveries and hope in identification and treatment, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Abnormal Psychology 101
Course Number: 7550522
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Student Testimonials

  • "I loved working with the instructor. He was present with me throughout the course. He gave me feedback that truly challenged me and changed my approach to studying and delivering my findings in the exams. Being out of school for over 25 years, it was nice to have his feedback put simply, yet directly." -- Lisa M.
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  • "I found the explanation and breakdown of the disorders to be very helpful. Although I had previously taken a Psychology class, I enjoyed learning further information about the abnormalities of the mind, how they work and ways to treat them. The most helpful part, however, was learning of these disorders, information about them and treatment. I have encountered people in my life with bipolar disorder, as well as clinical depression. I have never quite understood the disorders or what their treatment options. Now I can finally understand and carry a conversation with them regarding their condition." -- Marianna P.
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  • "I enjoyed the whole course and have learned so much from it." -- Janice S.
  • "I work in Detentions and am a Crisis negotiator so I found all of it quite helpful especially since most of the Mental Health Beds have gone away in Colorado and we are seeing more Mental Health in the Jails." -- Cheryl G.
  • "Good and courteous instructor and patient. " -- Manfredt C.
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