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WEEK 6: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS: LIFE SPAN DISORDERS

WEEK 6: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS: LIFE SPAN DISORDERS

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In this final week of the course, you will review disorders that are common on both ends of the life span. First, you will examine the major disorders of childhood and adolescence. This survey will include information on disruptive disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You will review symptoms, causal factors, and approaches to the treatment of these disorders. On the other end of the life span, you will examine disorders that predominate during old age, with an emphasis on disorders of cognition, such as delirium and mild/major neurocognitive disorder (dementia). Thus, in this final week of the course, you will explore the bookends of the life span, focusing on the psychological disorders that are most often encountered during these years.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Evaluate effects of various disorders encountered in old age
Analyze and apply symptoms of autism spectrum disorder
Identify and apply concepts related to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of childhood, adolescence, and old age
Please proceed to the Learning Resources.
Learning Resources
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week's assignments.
Readings
Comer, R. J. (2015). Abnormal psychology (9th ed.). New York, NY: Worth.Chapter 17, "Disorders Common Among Children and Adolescents
Chapter 18, "Disorders of Aging and Cognition"

Web Sites
Center for Autism and Related Disorders. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.centerforautism.com/The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) website includes a great deal of information about autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.
Autism Speaks. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.autismspeaks.org/The Autism Speaks website contains a plethora of resources on autism, including links to videos of children with this disorder.
Optional Resources
Alzheimer's Association. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.alz.org/index.aspThe Alzheimer's Association’s website includes information about the disorder as well as resources for caregivers whose loved ones suffer from this disease.
With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Discussion.
 
Application: Symptoms and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
One of the disorders of childhood and adolescence that has received increasing research and media attention over the past few years is autism spectrum disorder. In Abnormal Psychology, the author highlights the core features of this serious childhood disorder and provides a description of a child named Mark who embodies a typical clinical picture of autism (Comer, 2014, p. 539). In this week's Application Assignment, you will review a video program featuring two children with autism and draw connections between their behaviors and the symptoms described in the textbook.
To prepare for this assignment:
Review the textbook section titled "Long-Term Disorders That Begin in Childhood," focusing on symptoms, causal factors, and treatment approaches.
Peruse the two websites about autism spectrum disorder included in the required Learning Resources list, focusing on information about the major symptoms of autism and treatment approaches.
The assignment: (2–3 pages)


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