Mood Disorders and Life Stages
You will need to carefully review the notes and readings for this assignment. Focus specifically on the DSM criteria. Also, consider the following:
What are the risk factors for mood disorders? Are they present here?
Are there any obvious symptoms? Any, not-so-obvious ones? Could there be gender, age, cultural factors that may make diagnosis difficult in these cases?
Examine the biopsychosocial causes – genetics/biology, psychological/cognitive, social or cultural.
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Assignment 1: Mood Disorders and Life Stages
Click to review two cases used in this assignment. You will discuss the mental health issues of Jeff and Mark.
Review the two cases. Based on the information you learned from your assigned weekly readings from your textbook, respond to the following:
Which of the persons may be more prone to a mood disorder? Apply DSM-IV-TR criteria.
What else would you need to know to diagnose a mood disorder? Apply DSM-IV-TR criteria.
What are the primary causal factors of mood disorders?
If either of the persons were to be treated for a disorder, what are some of the treatment strategy risks or consequences?
Does the given life stage (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age) of the person impact your understanding of the causal factors or treatment strategy?
Write your initial response in 1–2 paragraphs. If you refer to research information, cite sources applying APA standards.
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