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50 Must-See YouTube Videos to Learn About Psychological Disorders

Psychological disorders include patterns of behavior or psychological symptoms that can create distress for the person who experiences symptoms as well as stress for that person’s friends and family. The following 50 must-see YouTube videos can help friends, family members and psychology professionals understand various problems such as Bipolar Disorder, cognitive disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), impulse and control disorders and phobias and anxieties. The producers range from students to news rooms to institutions of higher learning.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

  1. 5 Types of Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder is a complex mood illness comprising several diverse types.
  2. A-Z of Famous People with Bipolar Disorder: This film created on the basis of Wikipedia information.
  3. Bipolar disorder: Professor John Geddes talks about the diagnosis and symptoms of bipolar disorder and the different treatments that may be offered.
  4. Bipolar Disorder: Clinical Psychologist Joseph Burgo discusses the core emotional challenges in psychotherapy with clients suffering from bipolar disorder.
  5. Bipolar Disorder — A Documentary: A film created for an associate final project.
  6. Link found between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder: A University of NSW research project has found a significant degree of overlap between the genes associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  7. Living with Bi-Polar Disorder: Bi-polar or manic depressive illness is a medical condition giving people extreme mood swings.
  8. Notebook: Bipolar Disorder: Katie Couric says that the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has increased 4,000 percent.
  9. What is Bipolar Disorder? What is manic depression? This video explains the signs and symptoms bipolar disorder (manic depression).
  10. What’s the difference between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? Dr. Anand Pandya, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center, explains.

Cognitive Disorders

Cognitive Disorders

  1. A guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This CBT video guide was produced in 2009 by the British Medical Journal Group.
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease: Bruce Reed, the Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC Davis presents a comprehensive update on Alzheimer’s Disease.
  3. CBT for Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorders: This is the first of three parts of a role-play session involving Dr Warren Mansell and Dr Paul French using cognitive behavioral therapy.
  4. Cluster B Four Disorders: Describing the major disorders found in Cluster B patients including histrionic disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
  5. Cognitive Styles and Eating Disorders: Stanford University’s James Lock, MD, PhD talks about cognitive styles as a risk factor for anorexia nervosa and discusses cognitive remediation therapy as a potential treatment.
  6. Cognitive Therapy Part 1: A group project about cognitive therapy developed by a psychology class.
  7. Neuroimaging — Notes of Caution: Doctor Thomas Insel points out that although neuroimaging is a tremendously exciting technique, there are no examples of findings affecting clinical practice or diagnosis.
  8. Neurosciences: The Clock: University neuroscience researcher are uncovering how biological timing systems, like circadian clocks, control brain functions.
  9. New research for vascular cognitive disorders: Professor Perminder Sachdev presents at the First National Symposium on Translational Psychiatry.
  10. The Total Focus: ADHD Support For Youth: Dr. Robert Myers is a clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and parents.

Dissociative Identity Disorder


  1. A Logical Way of Being: This is an introductory training DVD which gives information about the origins of DID in early traumatic attachment and abuse experiences.
  2. Cathy O’Brien explains Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) / Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD): A personal account with transcript, explicit talk about sexually-abusive relationships.
  3. Dissociative Disorder: Dissociative Disorder may also be called multiple personality disorder or split personality or amnesia.
  4. Dissociative Disorders and Cults: A look at the possibility of Dissociative disorders from involvements with cults and LGATS.
  5. Dissociative Disorders: A video created for a student’s presentation for Psychology 102. Interview with Herschel Walker.
  6. Dissociative Identity Causes: This video presents the main causes of dissociative identity disorder.
  7. Dissociative Identity Disorder: A woman’s tale of childhood abuse and how it led her to develop multiple personalities to cope. Taken from “Dialogues with Madwomen” (VHS, 1993).
  8. Dissociative Identity Disorder and Narcissism: Is the true self of the narcissist equivalent to the host personality in the DID person?
  9. Dissociative Identity Disorder Changes – DSM-5 – Public Comments Invited!! The DSM-5 project committee is thinking about an important change to the diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  10. Dissociative Identity Disorder in the context of Personality Disorders: Dissociative Identity Disorder is commonly presumed to be highly associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Impulse-Control Disorders


  1. Fire Setting and Fire Starting by Dr. Gary Solomon: Dr. Solomon discusses an offshoot of pyromania, Fire Starting and Setting as defined in his book.
  2. Mayo Clinic Researchers Tie Parkinson’s Drugs to Impulse Control Problems: Mayo Clinic researchers found that dopamine agonists used in treating Parkinson’s disease result in impulse control disorders in as many as 22 percent of patients.
  3. Pathological gambling: What are the boundaries of addiction? Professor Marc Potenza, Yale University offers his Stockholm Psychiatry Lecture.
  4. Road Rage Ramsy: Learn more about road rage (IED, Intermittent Explosive Disorder) on this Marty Jonesmith special report.
  5. Trichotillomania: Help and Inspiration from a Lifelong Hair Puller: The author of Urges and Doses of Comfort reflects on his journey with trichotillomania.
  6. What is Dermatillomania? An overview of the impulse control disorder, Dermatillomania, or skin-picking disorder.
  7. What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder? IED is angry outbursts that characterize intermittent explosive disorder.
  8. What is “impulse control disorder”? People learn better impulse control over certain activities and certain objects, and lesser impulse control over certain activities and certain objects.
  9. When Stealing is an Addiction: As many as three million Americans have a compulsive need for theft.

Phobias and Anxiety Disorders


  1. Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Stress & Phobias, THE Solution: Charles Linden, author of The Linden Method shows sufferers how they can eliminate their anxiety, quickly and permanently without the need for drugs or therapy.
  2. Child Specific Phobia Disorder: Fears are common and expected in childhood; however, for some children and teens, their fears can become very severe over time, and even develop into a phobia.
  3. Confronting Fear in Virtual Reality: Dr. Jon LaPook talks with psychologist Robert Reiner about how to overcome these fears with the help of virtual reality.
  4. Facing Your Phobias: WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Lisa Robinson and others decided to let on about their phobias.
  5. Fear, What Are You Afraid of, The Psychology of Fear & Anxiety: Sandy discusses the various mental disorders related to anxiety in the psychiatry’s bible the DSM.
  6. Fears and Phobias: Jimmy Petruzzi explores fears and phobias.
  7. OCD, Phobias and Anxiety: Mayo Clinic: Dr. Stephen Whiteside, a Mayo Clinic psychologist, discusses phobias and anxieties and how they may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  8. Phil Parker NLP and phobia of heights: Phil shows how a phobia of heights can be resolved in minutes using NLP.
  9. PTSD – The war within: Out of two million US soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, psychiatrists estimate that one in three may, at some point, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  10. The World’s Weirdest Phobia: Imagine living your life afraid of food, or scared of people.
  11. What are Phobias? Explanation of phobias, types of phobias – including social phobia, fear of public speaking and agoraphobia.