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TITLE Psychopathology

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Occupational Therapy


- Define terminology related to psychopathology and identify types of disorders

1. Explain the axes in the DSM IV
2. Use AXIS IV and V of the DSM IV and be able to articulate their relevance to occupational therapy
3. Understand the process of diagnosing mental illness

1. Identify the major classifications of drugs used in the treatment of mental illness
2. Identify the common side effects of given drugs
3. Discuss the uses of medication in the treatment of mental illness
4. Understand the effects of drugs in the body
5. Understand implications of drug therapy for occupational therapy

1. Know normal traits of children and adolescents
2. Understand the process of childhood evaluations
3. Explain specific disorders related to child and adolescent psychiatry
4. Understand the components and treatment of child abuse

- Define terminology, identify the diagnostic criteria and identify the symptoms of dementia, substance abuse schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders somatoform and personality disorders
- Explain the dysfunctions which occur as a result of a particular disorder
- Explain current theories, regarding the aetiology of a particular disorder
- Explain current treatment rationale for each disorder


- Concepts of Mental Disorder - ICD-10 & DSM-IV classification and diagnosis - Use of DSM-IV axes IV and V
- Organic disorders
- Substance misuse disorders
- Schizophrenia and related disorders
- Mood disorders
- Neurotic and stress related and somatoform disorders
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Mental retardation
- Developmental delays including pervasive developmental delay
- Disorders of childhood and adolescence
- Treatment modalities in psychiatry
- Psychotropic medication and side-effects
- The multidisciplinary team
- Psychiatric rehabilitation

Recommended Reading:

1. The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders - Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines. World Health Organisation, Geneva, 1992
2. DSM-IV. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC, 1995
3. Psychiatry (Second Edition) Oxford Core Texts. Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou and John Geddes. Oxford University Press, 2000
4. Basic Child Psychiatry (Sixth Edition). Philip Barker. Blackwell Science, 1996


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph R. Saliba

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CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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