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    Fundamentals of Psychological Disorders - 3rd edition

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    Alexis Bridley, Washington State University

    Lee W. Daffin Jr., Washington State University

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    Publisher: Washington State University

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Ray Martin, Affiliate faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 4/3/24

    This book does a great job at covering the material in a way that undergraduate students can understand and dive deep into topics they are interested in without being overwhelmed. The appendix and references provided are great. However, there is a... read more

    Reviewed by Karen Magruder, Assistant Professor in Practice, University of Texas at Arlington on 3/8/24

    This book covers all the major categories of mental disorders as codified in the DSM-5-TR. Each category includes a summary of clinical presentation, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, and treatment. Additionally, it sets the stage by defining... read more

    Reviewed by Matthew Hand, Associate Professor, Texas Wesleyan University on 2/29/24

    I was very pleased with both the depth and breadth provided by this textbook. It did a good job of covering the major disorders along with their disorder categories. It also did a good job of talking about treatment and important factors related... read more

    Reviewed by Kathy Harowski, Community faculty, advisor, Metropolitan State University on 2/25/24

    While this reader found the text comprehensive, at times the level of detail included was overwhelming an questionable for an undergraduate audience. Both General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology are often GEN ED courses taken by the range of... read more

    Reviewed by Tim Boffeli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Dept. Chair, Clarke University on 1/9/23

    Content wise, the phrase “bare bones” would be too harsh. The book is about half the number of pages of the textbook that I am currently using. Plainly sufficient comes to mind especially considering the diminished amount of time that current... read more

    Reviewed by Emily Abel, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wabash College on 11/7/22

    This text included all of the major psychological disorders, though was missing some that I plan to discuss (neurodevelopmental disorders, sleep-wake disorders). Some of these are included in their childhood disorders book, though I would like to... read more

    Reviewed by Madison Smart-McCarthy, Adjunct Professor, Tidewater Community College on 8/1/22

    The outline of the textbook seemed similar to other abnormal psychology textbooks. The authors did a good job explaining terminology and defining mental health conditions. I think more clinical case examples could be provided throughout the... read more

    Reviewed by Stephanie RiCharde, Visiting Assistant Professor, Randolph College on 4/10/22

    The text covered the major expected content. The authors included an effective glossary and index. The index would be improved it were clickable like the table of contents. read more

    Reviewed by Kris Owens, Assistant Professor, Grand View University on 10/14/21

    As an introductory Abnormal Psychology textbook, it covers most of the main psychological disorders. It is comprehensive and accessible. Future enhancements could include sexual and gender identity disorders, research methodology, and expand on... read more

    Reviewed by Jason Li, Associate Professor, Wichita State University on 10/5/21

    This textbook is quite comprehensive as an overall introduction to Abnormal Psychology. The content of each chapter unfolds each main objective and provides clear explanations with examples and figures. I recommend this book to students in... read more

    Reviewed by Erin Palmwood, Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington on 6/25/21

    This text covers all key groups of psychological disorders that one might want to discuss in an Abnormal Psychology course. It provides an appropriate overview of key components within each subject area and does not "cast too wide a net" - it... read more

    Reviewed by Janessa Carvalho, Associate Professor, Bridgewater State University on 6/23/21

    Bridley's text covers most of the traditional components covered in Abnormal Psychology textbooks, though I was disappointed to see the absence of neurodevelopmental disorders and sexual/gender disorders covered. Historically, students really... read more

    Reviewed by Angela Duncan, Lecturer, Washburn University Institute of Technology on 6/9/21

    For many instructors' purposes, this abnormal psychology text will suffice or maybe exceed expectations given its depth regarding introductory material (i.e biopsychosocial model and models of abnormality). It offers an excellent introduction to... read more

    Reviewed by Ruth Anthony, Faculty, Portland Community College on 6/7/21

    The content was appropriate and covered a wide range of disorders that are either interesting and/or common in the practicing field. I am also a clinician and found the particular disorders to be the most prevalent while working in community... read more

    Reviewed by Ann Tamulinas, Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts Bay Community College on 5/24/21

    It covers most topics and more than adequate background as well. I like that it includes at the end of each section specific takeaways. read more

    Reviewed by Xin Zhao, Assistant Professor, Salt Lake Community College on 2/24/21

    Excellent content offering, comparable to traditional publisher's. The chapters are narrative driven in the beginning. With updated 2nd edition, excellent glossary, references, index, and adequate content. read more

    Reviewed by Angela Mar, Lecturer, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/13/20

    The textbook does an adequate job of covering the essential topics of the field, and additionally provides a glossary and index that would help a reader find key concepts quickly and efficiently. read more

    Reviewed by Mary Ann Woodman, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College on 8/10/20

    Bridley and Daffin provide one of the most comprehensive treatments of mental health and illness offered in an open textbook. The authors cover nearly every subject and learning objective required for a college introductory course on Abnormal... read more

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Setting the Stage

    • Module 1: What is Abnormal Psychology?
    • Module 2: Models of Abnormal Psychology
    • Module 3: Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

    Part II. Mental Disorders - Block 1

    • Module 4: Mood Disorders
    • Module 5: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
    • Module 6: Dissociative Disorders

    Part III. Mental Disorders - Block 2

    • Module 7: Anxiety Disorders
    • Module 8: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
    • Module 9: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

    Part IV. Mental Disorders - Block 3

    • Module 10: Feeding and Eating Disorders
    • Module 11: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

    Part V. Mental Disorders - Block 4

    • Module 12: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    • Module 13: Personality Disorders

    Part VI. Mental Disorders - Block 5

    • Module 14: Neurocognitive Disorders
    • Module 15: Contemporary Issues in Psychopathology


    Ancillary Material

    • Ancillary materials are available by contacting the author or publisher.
    • About the Book

      Fundamentals of Psychological Disorders (formerly Abnormal Psychology) is an Open Education Resource written by Alexis Bridley, Ph.D. and Lee W. Daffin Jr., Ph.D. through Washington State University. The book tackles the difficult topic of mental disorders in 15 modules and is updated through the DSM-5-TR. This journey starts by discussing what abnormal behavior is by attempting to understand what normal behavior is. Models of abnormal psychology and clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment are then discussed. With these three modules completed, the authors next explore several classes of mental disorders in 5 blocks. Block 1 covers mood, trauma and stressor related, and dissociative disorders. Block 2 covers anxiety, somatic symptom, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Block 3 covers eating and substance-related and addictive disorders. Block 4 tackles schizophrenia spectrum and personality disorders. Finally, Block 5 investigates neurocognitive disorders and then ends with a discussion of contemporary issues in psychopathology. Disorders are covered by discussing their clinical presentation and DSM Criteria, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, and treatment options.

      About the Contributors


      Alexis Bridley, Washington State University

      Lee W. Daffin Jr., Washington State University

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