Ch 8: Mental Distress, Depression & Suicide

About This Chapter

Watch the video lessons in this chapter to learn about mental distress, depression and suicide. As you do, gain a better understanding of the associated health risks and coping mechanisms for forms of mental distress.

Mental Distress, Depression & Suicide - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter have been assembled to teach about mental disorders, their effects and coping mechanisms. Watch this series of lessons, taught by expert instructors, to examine mood disorders, depressive disorders, the impact of stress and techniques to cope with stress. Once this chapter is complete, you should be able to:

  • Define general adaptation syndrome
  • Discuss triggers, causes and prevention of suicide
  • Explain the definition of a mental disorder and list treatment options

If you need help with any of the subject matter in this chapter, our instructors are available to answer your questions. Taking the lesson quizzes can help you determine topics that you may need to review further. Use the video tags to go directly to key topics as you conduct your review. It may also help to read over the lesson transcripts, which cover all the material of the video lesson but in a written format.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Mental Distress, Depression & Suicide
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What is a Mental Disorder? - Definition & Treatment

1. What is a Mental Disorder? - Definition & Treatment

A mental disorder is composed of physical and psychological symptoms that cause a person to think or act abnormally. Learn about different types of mental illness, what causes it, and the various treatments available.

Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

2. Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

The outdated term 'mood disorder' refers to one's experience of abnormal feelings. Discover why it is no longer used in the DSM, the presentation of unipolar and bipolar disorders, and different views with which to explain various symptoms.

Depressive Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes & Treatment

3. Depressive Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes & Treatment

Depressive disorder refers to a loss or lack of interest in something a person normally enjoys and feeling sad outside an expected context. Examine different types of depressive disorders, diagnostic elements, symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

4. Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

Stress is a response that affects the physical and psychological state of the body. Learn about the definition and impact of stress on health, the different types of stress including eustress and distress, and take a closer look at the fight or flight response.

General Adaptation Syndrome: Definition, Phases & Changes

5. General Adaptation Syndrome: Definition, Phases & Changes

General adaptation syndrome is related to stress and how the body reacts to it. Learn about the definition of general adaptation syndrome, the alarm, resistance, and exhaustion phases, and the changes that the body experiences.

Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

6. Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

Different life situations and contexts, like work or school, have plenty of things that cause stress. Learn some attitudes and techniques to cope with academic and work-related stress, and explore ways to reduce the exposure to stress in general.

What Is Suicide? - Definition, Triggers, Underlying Causes & Prevention

7. What Is Suicide? - Definition, Triggers, Underlying Causes & Prevention

Suicide is a common and often preventable tragedy where one takes their own life. See examples of reasons and triggers and methods of prevention through therapy, medication, substance use treatment, and family therapy.

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