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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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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2010 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Maas during the Fall '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Fall '09
- Mood Disorder