This topic will examine a range of issues concerned with the aetiology and classification of adult psychopathology. The range of aetiological factors to be considered during the topic is broad and will include genetic, biochemical, environmental and cognitive causes. A particular focus will be on the DSM-5 diagnostic system often used by mental health professionals to diagnose emotional and behavioural disorders, although the utility of diagnosis in clinical practice will be approached in a critical fashion. The second part of the topic is concerned with the range of psychopharmacological treatments often used to treat adult psychopathology. A knowledge of psychopharmacology is considered essential in clinical psychology and is included in this topic because of the link with biological models of human behaviour.
This topic aims to examine a range of issues concerning the classification of adult psychopathology as well as a basic understanding of psychopharmacology.