Mood Disorders - Mood Disorders Mood disorders are...

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Mood Disorders Mood disorders are characterized by being disturbances in the mood or prolonged emotional state, which is sometimes referred to as affect. Most people have a wide variety of emotional ranges, like being happy, sad, angry, miserable, excited, or any other emotion. In people with mood disorders the ranges of emotion are greatly restricted. People with mood disorders are either consistently on the happy side or either consistently on the sad side, which is based on the circumstances in their lives. The most common in mood disorders is depression. Depression is, “a state in which a person feels overwhelmed with sadness, loses interest in activities, and displays other symptoms such as excessive guilt or feelings of worthlessness.” (Psychology: An Introduction, 2008) People that have depression always feel down and will think that they have failed their accomplishments in life. They will not be able to make decisions the way someone else would. They will have trouble thinking and concentrating. There are times when a person with depression will have suicidal thoughts or might even try to commit suicide. Children and adolescents may also suffer from depression, but it is very difficult to diagnose in young children because the symptoms are different from an adult with depression. In infants and toddlers, the symptoms may include low weight gain, or a delay in speech or motor development. In
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2010 for the course PSY BEH 225 taught by Professor Sondrasavage during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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