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PSY 97 — Psychopathology: An Introduction to Mental Illness

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 28—Dec 2
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Oct 30
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Hannah Raila
Limit: 45
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 25. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 28—Dec 2
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 30
1 Unit
Fees
$320
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Hannah Raila
Limit
45
Open
Please Note: No class on November 25. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Many people find themselves with questions about mental illness. What causes someone to become mentally ill? What exactly is schizophrenia? How do we treat obsessive-compulsive disorder? How do psychologists decide what behaviors are normal versus abnormal? These are all questions addressed by psychopathology: the study of the nature, causes, and treatments of mental disorders. In this course, students will learn about how abnormality is defined (for example, why a behavior that is normal in one culture might be considered a disorder in another culture). We will explore the difference between subclinical and clinical difficulties (for example, shyness versus social anxiety), and review a range of mental health difficulties and their treatments, including anxiety disorders, psychosis, and bipolar disorder. The course aims not simply to present facts about different forms of psychopathology, but also to help students develop critical thinking skills and delve into theories relevant to each disorder. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on how these issues are presented in the news and in popular culture. Students will leave the course with a better understanding of what mental illness is and how various diagnoses are made.

No background in psychology is required. Please note that this course will not be recorded.

Hannah Raila, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine

Hannah Raila is a therapist and psychology researcher who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD with cognitive behavioral therapy. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Butcher, Hooley, & Mineka, Abnormal Psychology, 16th edition (ISBN 978-0205944286)
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