This course examines the historical, theoretical, clinical, and experimental perspectives of the study of psychopathology with emphasis on terminology, classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of the major psychological disorders. The biopsychosocial model is used to explain a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and mood disorders, impulse control disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia. In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental health issue during their lifetime. A general understanding of the causes and conditions of psychological disorders can develop critical thinking skills and help you understand the impact of mental health on the individual, family, and community. Abnormal Psychology is a popular elective for many students who are pursuing an associate of arts degree. Potential careers include correctional officer, social work assistant, psychiatric nursing aide, and substance abuse counselor.