Guest Lecture - 11-30 Mood Disorders

Guest Lecture - 11-30 Mood Disorders - mask dejection and...

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Guest Lecture – 11/30 – Mood Disorders 1) Grief is a normal, healthy, and essential process. It is a natural healing state, especially when dealing with a loss. a) If this persists though, the probability of that person developing illnesses is greatly heightened. b) Dysthymia – Not a severe depression, more of just a mild state. Begins in teen years, but the person doesn’t swing back to regular; he/she feels more gloomy than not every day. More of a disturbance of comfort than a disturbance of function. c) Severe, Major Depression – Longer duration, more persistent state. Good and bad things don’t really affect them, they just feel bad all the time. 2) Clinical Depression – there are many feelings associated with depression, no one of them is the hallmark, but obviously sadness and anxiety are the most common. Anxiety can even
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Unformatted text preview: mask dejection and other symptoms depression. a) Anhedonia – See PPT for notes. This is a very common feature of depressed people. 3) Disturbances of Thinking – Severe Major Depression can alter your thinking, not just your emotions. Depressed people only think of things that are congruent to their mood and little else. 4) Diagnosis – Depression is more of a continuum, can’t really rely on certain concrete criteria. There is no laboratory test for depression, clinical judgment is cheaper and more effective. 5) Even when treating depression, it is very difficult to dislodge it and get complete remission – there exists a chronic mild depression still. 6) Anti-depressants – Most of the research today is devoted to antidepressant medication (ie Prozac). Increase availability of serotonin and norepinepherine....
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