Depression Assignment - Running Head: DEPRESSION 1...

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Running Head: DEPRESSION 1 Depression Gary D. Neer PSY/270 May 9 th , 2010 Autumn Harrell
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Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders 2 Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders Although both unipolar and bipolar disorders share symptoms of sadness, hopelessness, negativity, anxiety, and sleep troubles, these disorders do go in very diverse directions. The difference between these disorders can be easily confused due to their similarities.While both feature depression episodes, there is a significant difference between the two (Steir, 2009). Unlike unipolar, bipolar disorder is distinguished with an element that acts in opposite of depression called mania (Steir, 2009). In order for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder to be made, the disorder must meet the criteria of having major depressive and manic episodes (Steir, 2009). Additionally, because the treatments for the two are very different, failure to make an accurate diagnosis can result in treatments that are ineffective or can make the condition worsen (Steir, 2009). Causes of Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders unipolar. There are several diverse theories on the causes of unipolar some causes can be stress related (events such as a loss of a loved one). Furthermore, there are biochemical factors which might play a role (Steir, 2009). Stress hormones or lack have been linked to depression ((Steir, 2009). In addition, low levels of norepinephrine and serotonin chemicals in the brain have been linked to unipolar and bipolar disorders (Steir, 2009). bipolar
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