Mood Disorders 6. Describe major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. In major depressive disorder, a person-without apparent reason-descends for weeks or months into deep unhappiness, lethargy, and feelings of worthlessness before rebounding to normality. Poor appetite, insomnia, and loss of interest in family, friends, and activities are often other important symptoms. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which a person alternates between the hopelessness and lethargy of depression and overexcited manic episodes (hyperactive, wildly optimistic states). 7. Explain the development of mood disorders, paying special attention to the biological and social-cognitive perspectives. The biological perspective emphasizes the importance of genetic and biochemical influences. Mood disorders run in families and a search for genes that put people at risk is now under way. Certain neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine and serotonin, seem to be scarce in depression. Finally, the brains of depressed people have been found to be
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.