Major Depression LO - Learning Issue: Major Depressive...

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Learning Issue: Major Depressive Disorder-MH · Definition: A major depressive disorder (e.g. endogenous, unipolar, melancholia) consists of at least one episode of serious mood depression or metabolic aberration to be causative. · Causes: Postpartum depression is the result of the role of biologic vulnerability with hormonal changes and psychological stressors. Depression may be the final expression of genetic factors (neurotransmitter dysfunction), developmental problems, and psychological stresses. · Epidemiology: 30 % of patients in primary care present with depressive symptoms. · Signs & Symptoms: Complaints very widely but the most common include a loss of interest and pleasure, withdrawal from activities, and feelings of guilt. Additional signs and symptoms are inability to concentrate, some cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, chronic fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, somatic complaints, loss of sexual drive, and thoughts of death. Vegetative signs include which frequently occur are insomnia, anorexia with weight loss, and
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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