PSYCH 270 is the most incredible and interesting psych class Penn State has to offer. It’s the introduction course to Abnormal Psychology. Abnormal Psych is exactly what it sounds like! This is the class that introduces students to all sorts of disorders, the signs and symptoms, and how to handle them!

1. Mood Disorders

Mood disorders include depression and bipolar disorder. Interestingly enough, there are more than just one type of depression, and one type of bipolar disorder. To learn about something that a good bit of the world suffers through every day is not only interesting, but it really gives a sense of what they go through. It’s incredibly damaging to one’s mental and physical health when they have a mood disorder. Mood disorders are also co-morbid with many other types of disorders like addictions and anxiety disorders!


2. Anxiety Disorders

This was one of the most interest concept taught due to the fact that it’s so common. Anxiety is the number one most prevalent mental health disorder! Everyone gets nervous sometimes, sure, that’s a given. Learning about anxiety disorders has helps one distinguish when they’re just worried or when they’re having a full-blown panic attack. These things are scary but they’re incredibly helpful to know, especially since we’re stressed out college students.


3. Personality Disorders

Borderline, Antisocial, Narcissistic, etc. All of these personality-type disorders are so complex. Antisocial is also considered to be “Psychopathy,” which it’s derivative, psychotic/psychopath are words that we say without thinking twice. It’s a real disorder, though. It’s scary, too. These disorders are truly scary because of the level that they harm themselves due to it. That’s never something that we want to think about, but learning about these have given me such good insight into other people and their personalities.


4. Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Schizophrenia is the scariest disorder. It’s so harmful to one’s body, mind, etc. One’s entire being seems like a made-up delusion, considering they have so many of them that they aren’t sure what’s real or fake. It’s one that ends up being the most prevalent within families. Genetics plays a big part of this disorder, so be aware of what family genetics!


5. Addictions

Also something incredibly genetic-based. It’s environmentally based as well. There are so many factors that come into play when looking at addictions. Something that many people don’t realize is that addiction can be to more than just drugs. A lot of people simply look at drug addiction, but this class highlighted the fact that not all addictions are drug-based. Alcohol addiction, substance abuse, gambling addiction, sex addiction, etc. There are many things that could become an addiction; it’s literally just how one’s brain is chemically made. Addictions are hard on everybody and they shouldn’t be taken lightly. If one knows someone with an addiction, learn about it, try to understand it, and do the best to help.


The best part about PSYCH 270 is where one will learn everything that they would want to learn if majoring/minoring in psychology. Even if they’re not, the disorders are one of the, if not the most, interesting topics that one can learn about. Mental health is alive and extremely prevalent (as it should be) in our society today. Even if you’re slightly interested in learning about different disorders and what some of the warning signs for them are, many students recommend taking this class. You won’t regret it.

Beca Kelly

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