Psychopathology And Psychedelics

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Applied psychopathology to psychedelics refers to the study of the effects of these substances on psychopathology, that is, on mental disorders and abnormal psychological processes. Although psychedelics have shown therapeutic potential in the treatment of various conditions, it is important to understand how they interact with psychopathological disorders and what considerations should be taken into account when using them in a clinical setting.


In this course, you will learn about the most common mental disorders, their diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, nosology, descriptive phenomenology, and treatment.

The course will specifically focus on the risks and benefits associated with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to ensure safe and effective practice. It will also encourage reflection and debate on the etiology of these disorders, presenting new cross-cutting classification criteria proposed through psychedelic research, which could explain their transdiagnostic utility.
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What Will You Learn?

  • The basic criteria for the classification and diagnosis of the main mental disorders according to the most commonly used clinical guidelines (DSM, ICD, etc.).
  • To contextualize mental disorders within a historical, cultural and social perspective.
  • Basic descriptive psychopathology to understand the phenomenology of the different mental symptoms.
  • An initial approach to the different treatments indicated according to the available scientific evidence.
  • Alternative explanatory paradigms according to knowledge derived from psychedelic research.
  • Uses and risks of psychedelic-assisted therapy in different disorders.
  • How to perform a diagnostic screening to determine the presence of a mental disorder; diagnostic and assessment tools.

Course Content

Introduction to the diagnostic classification of the different mental disorders.

  • Introduction to the diagnostic classification of the different mental disorders.

Affective disorders

Psychotic disorders

Substance use disorders

Trauma and psychedelics

Personality disorders

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