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Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal psychology is the branch of psychology that looks at psychopathology and abnormal behavior. The term covers a broad range of disorders, from depression to obsession-compulsion to sexual deviation and many more. Counselors, clinical psychologists, and psychotherapists often work directly in this field.

What Is Abnormal Psychology?
Abnormal psychology is a segment of psychology that deals with psychopathology and abnormal behavior...

What is the DSM-IV?
Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual attempts to classify mental disorders according to symptoms and is used by clinicians and psychiatrists to determine what does and does not constitute a psychological illness. Learn more about the DSM-IV and how mental illnesses are categorized.

A List of Psychological Disorders
Psychological disorders cause distress and can impact many different areas of a person's life. This list of psychological disorders includes the major categories and disorders recognized by the DSM.

What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is often used to treat mental disorders and abnormal behavior. Learn more about how this process works.

Different Types of Therapy
Within abnormal psychology, a number of different treatment approaches can be used. Learn more about some of the most common types of psychotherapy.

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