Wednesday, March 12th

The DSM-V - Assignments Today & Tomorrow


The DSM-V (the new edition of the DSM-IV) is the 2013 update to the American Psychiatric Association's classification and diagnostic tool. Click on this link to explore more information about this diagnostic tool.

  • What is DSM and why is it important? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. DSM contains descriptions, symptoms, and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It provides a common language for clinicians to communicate about their patients and establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used in the research of mental disorders. It also provides a common language for researchers to study the criteria for potential future revisions and to aid in the development of medications and other interventions.
  • Who was involved in the development process? APA recruited more than 160 of the top researchers and clinicians from around the world to be members of our DSM-5Task Force, Work Groups and Study Groups for this important job. These are experts in neuroscience, biology, genetics, statistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, nosology, and public health. These members participate on a strictly voluntary basis and encompass several medical and mental health disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics, nursing and social work.


INFORM: DSM Graphic Organizer DUE Today!

In this assignment, you are going to complete the DSM graphic organizer provided in the assignment link. If you have trouble manipulating the document, feel free to create your own. The goal of the assignment is for you to accurately describe the symptoms and potential causes for the mental illnesses listed herein. This assignment will take some time - please plan ahead - and do not procrastinate!

CELEBRATE: Thanks for the Response

Thank you to all who responded to the survey about Spring Break dates - I'm taking all the data submitted and will have a fourth grading period schedule ready to share soon. In the meantime, remember 3rd grading period ends March 22nd - and we are 3/4 done with the course!

INFORM: To Do This Week!

There are a number of assignments for Module 12 that are due this week! Please review the due dates below - and be mindful of your time! Make sure you build enough time into your schedule to complete the assigned tasks!
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INSTRUCT/REVIEW: Psychological Disorders

There are many theories and schools of thought about the origins of psychological disorders. After reviewing the notes and completing the activities in your course, you may still want some additional information. Review the videos at the Education-Portal link below - and complete the quiz after each video segment for additional practice.

Textbook Companion Site

The textbook companion website can be accessed from the AP Psychology class in Moodle. The website has practice tests, flashcards, chapter summaries and activities to help students understand the material.