Delusional disorders are a form of psychosis, in which an individual suffers paranoid delusions. These are usually long lasting and don’t have an obvious physical cause, such as a head injury. In older people, they may be accompanied by auditory hallucinations (noises, sounds, and other people talking and so on, which don’t exist).
Delusions are beliefs that are not backed up by reality. Even though there may be evidence to the contrary and no one else believes them to be true, the person will still believe them. They tend to be beliefs of a suspicious nature, where the person believes something is not right with them or the world in general. This can cause serious problems for them. Delusional (paranoid) disorders are uncommon and affect around 1 in 3333 people. They commonly start around 40 – 55 years of age and happen slightly more in women.
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The course covers the below topics:
Disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence
Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic & Other Cognitive Disorders
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders
Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
Eating & Sleep Disorders
Impulse-Control Disorders; Adjustment Disorder
Identify disorders first prevalent under 18 years of age;
Describe how you would diagnose a case of suspected Autism in a child of 4 years of age;
Compare and contrast delirium and dementia;
Do an internet search for images of PET scans and MRI of brains affected by delirium or dementia include the images an essay discussing these disorders?
Distinguish between substance abuse disorders and substance dependence disorders;
Differentiate between psychotic disorders;
Describe briefly the subtypes of Schizophrenia;
Distinguish between Unipolar disorders and Bipolar disorders;
Outline a cognitive model of depression;
Describe different types of Anxiety Disorders;
Develop a treatment to overcome a client’s fear of spiders;
Distinguish between Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders;
Explain the primary criticisms of dissociative identity disorder;
Provide a diagnosis of a case study and justify your diagnosis;
Discuss Gender Identity Disorder, Paraphilia’s and Sexual Dysfunction;
Explain what distinguishes a preference of sexual act or object as a paraphilia;
Identify Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders;
Explain how eating disorders develop;
Distinguish between Impulse Control Disorders and Adjustment disorders;
Develop a diagnostic table for impulse control disorders;
Distinguish between different types of Personality Disorder;
Differentiate between Narcissistic and Histrionic personality disorders.
Successful completion of this course will complement the below careers:
- Mental health workers
100 hours of Study
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