Depression Paper - Depression Paper Most peoples moods...

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Depression Paper Most people’s moods come and go. Their feelings of joy or sadness are understandable reactions to daily events and do not affect their lives greatly. The moods of people with mood disorders, in contrast, tend to last a long time. Depression and mania are the key emotions in mood disorders. Depression is a low, sad state in which life seems dark and its challenges overwhelming. Mania, the opposite of depression, is a state of breathless euphoria, or at least frenzied energy, in which people may have an exaggerated belief that the world is theirs for the taking. Most people with a mood disorder suffer only from depression, a pattern called unipolar depression. They have no history of mania and return to a normal or nearly normal mood when their depression lifts. Others experience periods of mania that alternate with periods of depression, a pattern called bipolar disorder (Comer 2005). Between 5 and 10 percent of adults in the United States suffer from a severe unipolar pattern of depression in any given year, while another 3 to 5 percent suffer from mild forms. Around 17 percent of all adults in the world may experience an episode of severe unipolar depression at some point in their lives In almost all countries, women are at least twice as likely as men to experience episodes of severe unipolar depression. As many as 26 percent of women may have an episode at some time in their lives, compared
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2011 for the course PSY 201 taught by Professor Richardkirkmiller during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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