Psychological Disorders 3

Mood Disorders

Central Issues: Disturbance in Emotion (Sadness or Melancholy vs. Elation & Excitement)


[Some Famous People W/Depression]


 Affective-Emotional Symptoms Cognitive Symptoms Motor & Physiological Symptoms

Pole I: Depressive Episode
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Pole II: Manic Episode
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Major Depressive Disorder (Unipolar)

Bipolar Disorder

Etiology (Causes) of Mood Disorder

Genetic Vulnerability


  • Neurotransmitters: norepinepherine (NE) and serotonin (5-HT) are thought to be involved in depressive disorder.
  • SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) e.g. Prozac, Zoloft
  • We have no theory to account for the manic phase of bipolar disorder





  • Martin Seligman's Theories of Learned Helplessness & Hopelessness
    • Learned Helplessness
    • Hopelessness Theory .


Precipiatating Factors


This page was originally posted on 11/21/03 and last updated on 11/21/03.