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Unformatted text preview: Module 50 20:03 Mood disorders- psychological disorders characterized by emotional extremes Major depressive disorder- a mood disorder in which a person experiences, in the absence of drugs or a medical condition, two or more weeks of significantly depressed moods, feelings of worthlessness, and diminished interest or pleasure in most activities Mania- a mood disorder marked by a hyperactive, wildly optimistic state Bipolar disorder- a mood disorder in which the person alternates between the hopelessness and lethargy of depression and the overexcited state of mania • The emotional extremes of mood disorders come in 2 forms • Major depressive disorder- the person experiences prolonged hopelessness and lethargy until usually rebounding to normality • Bipolar disorder- the person alternates between depression and mania, an overexcited, hyperactive state • Depression is often a response to past and current loss • To feel bad in reaction to profoundly sad events is to be in touch with reality • Major Depressive Disorder occurs when signs of depression last two weeks or more and are not caused by drugs or a medical condition • Between the temporary blue moods we all experience and the crushing impact of major depression is a condition called Dysthymic Disorder- a down-in-the-dumps...
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- Fall '09
- Mood Disorder, Major depressive disorder, dysthymia, major depression