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pathological trend to the cyclothymic, and in its most marked form one sees the recurring depressions and
excitement of Manic Depressive Insanity. CHAPTER XVII. 140 Aside from these pathological forms, there are persons who show curious periodic changes in mood. They
become depressed for no especial reason, are "blue" for day after day and then quickly return to their normal.
Sometimes these blue spells alternate with periods of exaltation and happiness, but in my experience this is far
less common than periodic blue spells, a kind of recurrent anhedonia.
L. D. is ordinarily what is known as a vivacious person. Bright, talkative, keen in her discriminations, she has
all her life been at the mercy of strange alterations in mood, alterations which come and go without what
seems to others adequate reason.
As a child L. D. was sick a great deal. She showed an unusual susceptibility to infection, and it was not until
she was nine years of age that she attended school regularly. Her illnesses made it impossible to discipline her,
and so she has always been a bit "spoiled," though her kind and generous nature makes her a charming person.
But more important than the fact that she could not be disciplined is the lowering of energy that these
sicknesses produced, a lowering marked mainly by a liability to fatigue and depression.
Let there come a sickness, and this woman's stock of hopeful mood goes and there results a loss of interest in
life, a loss of zest and joyousness.
A digression,--and a return to the theme of the first chapter of this book. The dependence of the mental life on
bodily structure, equally true in the both sexes, is exquisitely demonstrated in woman. In many women there
occurs an extraordinary increase of sex desire just before the menstrual period and in some to the point where
it causes great internal conflict. Others show moderate depression and even confusion at this time, and to the
majority of women some mood and thought change is taken for granted. At the menopause mental difficulties
to the point of insanity are witnessed, and in some cases the change is permanent. Back of mood is t...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
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