Introduction to Mental Health and Psychological Problems

School of Psychology

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 12398

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Module description

Topics to be covered:
1. Classification, diagnosis and epidemiology.
2. Context, approaches and models.
3. Psychoses.
4. Affective disorders.
5. Anxiety related disorders.
6. Substance use disorders.
7. Eating disorders.

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
1. Describe the development of conceptualisations of mental problems through history.
2. Define ‘abnormality’ using a variety of criteria and discuss the difficulties inherent in coming to a definition acceptable across culture and epochs.
3. Describe the phenomenology of several of the most important mental health problems including factors important for diagnosis.
4. Give an account of the epidemiology and natural history of these problems.
5. Compare and evaluate on the basis of empirical evidence models of the aetiology of these disorders and locate these models within the main theoretical schools of psychology.
6. Describe some of the most widely used interventions for specific disorders and show an understanding of their mechanism of action.
7. Discuss empirical evidence concerning the impact of interventions on the course and outcome of the disorders for which they are prescribed.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and workshops