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Unformatted text preview: Organic Causes for Mood Disorders Tshona Corbin Mood disorders are those where the dominant feature are pathological moods. Mood refers to an individuals subjective emotional state. In DSM-IV, mood disorders are divided into 4 categories: depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, mood disorders due to a general medical condition, and substance-induced mood disorder. There is no longer a classification for organic causes. Rather, the general medical condition and substance-induced categories cover organic causes. Depression from medical causes may be different from primary depression in that it is less likely to respond to antidepressants. When differentiating the two, it must be determined if the classic symptoms of depression, such as weight loss, sleep disturbances, fatigue, etc., are actually due to depression, or caused by an underlying medical disorder. Additionally, depression from chronic, painful, or terminal illness is typically not considered major depression, even though the patient...
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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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