Analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive, psychodynamic and behavioral components of anxiety, mood, and dissociative disorder.
    Describe the evolution of mood disorder diagnoses from DSM-I to DSM-III.  How did the RDC pave the wave for the diagnostic criteria set forth in the DSM-III?  How have individual diagnoses changed over the years or have been incorporated into broader categories?  Describe the difference between the following dichotomies:  psychotic depression vs. neurotic depression, organic depression vs. reactive depressive, endogenous depression vs. exogenous depression.  How does the classification of mood disorders in the DSM-IV differ from earlier versions?

Assignment: Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders

Based on the reading, write three short essays of two pages each on the following topics:

    How effective have treatments been for generalized anxiety disorder?
    Debate depersonalization-derealization disorder. How well is this problem understood?
    Compare the risk, rate, and causes of suicide among children, adolescents, and elderly persons.


Week 2 Journal: Abnormal Psychology In The News

Please create a three page journal (1200 words) to answer the following questions.
There is an abundance of new research on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various forms of psychopathology. The results of these studies are typically published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals. Since members of the general public rarely read or have the scientific background to understand these original papers, they are dependent on the popular press to distill and report recent research findings. This assignment will involve finding a relatively recent (published August 1999 or later) popular press report (e.g., from a newspaper or news magazine) of a study involving some form of psychopathology that was originally published in a scientific, peer-reviewed journal. In your paper, please briefly summarize the popular press report.

Very importantly, I would also like you to consider any positive or negative messages you think the article gives the public about people with this disorder, as well as the mental health profession in general.