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Psychological Disorders Research Project

Directions: Select a disorder from the list provided. Be aware, however, the more
obscure the illness the more difficult the research. By the same token, choose one
too common and you will be overwhelmed with information that may be
contradictory and confusing.
Project:
Using weebly.com, you will be creating a website to describe your chosen
psychological disorder. You must research the overview, causes, signs & symptoms,
and treatments for your disorder. I have provided you with an outline to assist with
your organization, and give possible questions you may ask in your research
process.

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Research Outline:
1) Title (1 point)
a. Include full names and disorder.
2) Description & overview of the disorder (20 points)
a. History
When was the mental disorder first diagnosed?
b. How many people are living with this mental disorder?
c. How many people does this mental disorder affect?
d. Does it affect a certain age group?
e. Does it affect a certain ethnic group?
f. Are there other forms or types of the mental disorder?
g. What tests do the doctors run to determine whether a person has the
mental disorder?
3) Causes (10 points)
a. Can the mental disorder be inherited and passed down from parents?
b. Can lifestyle have an effect on the mental disorder?
c. What is the primary cause?
4) Signs, Symptoms, Behaviors (10 points)
5) Treatment (10 points)
a. What are the treatment options?
b. Is there a cure?
c. Are there any ways to prevent the disorder?
6) Add any additional information that is useful and informative
7) Work Cited Page (4 points)
a. Must include at least 2 references.

Psychological Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
o Generalized Anxiety Disorders
o Social Anxiety Disorder
o Phobias
o Panic Disorder
o Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Dissociative Disorder (Formally known as Multiple Personality Disorder)
Eating Disorders
o Anorexia Nervosa
o Bulimia Nervosa
Neurocognitive Disorders
o Alzheimers Disease
o Dementia
o Amnesia
Mood Disorders
o Bipolar Disorder
o Major Depressive Disorder
Personality Disorders
o Antisocial Personality Disorder
o Borderline Personality Disorder
o Histrionic Personality Disorder
o Narcissistic Personality Disorder
o Dependent Personality Disorder
o Avoidant Personality Disorders
o Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCD)
o Paranoid Personality Disorder
o Schizoid Personality Disorder
o Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Psychotic Disorders
o Schizophrenia

Psychological Disorder Research Project Rubric


Title
1 point
Includes title of
psychological disorder on
home page

0 points
Does not include title of
psychological disorder on
home page

Description/Overview
5 points
Description

History

Who it
affects?
What else
(other
disorders/test
s, etc.) is
associated
with it?
Causes

Includes detailed
"Overview" information;
Displays excellent
understanding of the
disorder
Includes detailed
historical information of
the disorder; Displays
excellent understanding
of the disorder
Clearly describes in
detail who is affected by
the disorder (age,
ethnicity, gender, etc.)
Clearly describes in
detail what is associated
with the disorder (other
disorders, tests, etc.)

10 -8 points
Clearly describes in detail
what the causes of the
disorder are (heredity,
lifestyle, etc.)

Signs, Symptoms, Behaviors


10 -8 points
Clearly describes in detail
what the signs,
symptoms, and behaviors
of the disorder are

4-3 point

2-1 points

Includes some
"Overview" information;
May be missing specific
key information

Includes almost no
"Overview" information;
Missing most information

Includes some historical


information of the
disorder; May be missing
specific key information

Includes almost no
historical information of
the disorder; Missing
most information

Somewhat describes who


is affected by the
disorder (age, ethnicity,
gender, etc.)
Somewhat describes
what is associated with
the disorder (other
disorders, tests, etc.)

Barely, or doesnt,
describe who is affected
by the disorder (age,
ethnicity, gender, etc.)
Barely, or doesnt,
describe what is
associated with the
disorder (other disorders,
tests, etc.)

7-4 points
Somewhat describes
what the causes of the
disorder are (heredity,
lifestyle, etc.)

3-1 points
Barely, or doesnt,
describe what the causes
of the disorder are
(heredity, lifestyle, etc.)

7-4 points

3-1 points

Somewhat describes
what the signs,
symptoms, and behaviors
of the disorder are

Barely, or doesnt,
describe what the signs,
symptoms, and behaviors
of the disorder are

Treatment
Treatments?

Preventions?

5 points

4-3 point

2-1 points

Clearly describes in
detail what treatments
are available for the
disorder
Clearly describes in
detail what

Somewhat describes
what treatments are
available for the disorder

Barely, or doesnt,
describe what treatments
are available for the
disorder
Barely, or doesnt,
describe what

Somewhat describes
what preventatives are

preventatives are
available for the
disorder

available for the disorder

preventatives are
available for the disorder

Works Cited Page


Reference #1
Reference #2

2 points
Includes source and is
properly cited
Includes source and is
properly cited

1 point
Includes
properly
Includes
properly

source, but not


cited
source, but not
cited