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Ch 12: Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons, and learn about the different aspects of mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder. Take the self-assessment quizzes to be sure you have a solid grasp of the material.

Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Have you ever been in a bad mood? Chances are that you have, but you probably could explain why you were in a bad mood, and the bad mood probably passed quickly. For people who suffer from mood disorders, understanding why they feel the way they do can be a challenge. Furthermore, their mood issues usually don't just clear up. In most cases, when a person has a mood disorder, medication is necessary to help them combat their mood swings. As you will learn in this chapter, there are a few different types of mood disorders. With some disorders, a person may always feel sad or down. With others, they may feel really sad one at one moment, only to feel super happy the next. You will learn about the types of disorders and related topics that include:

  • Views on mood disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • The underlying causes of suicide

VideoObjective
Mood Disorders: Definition and Perspectives Learn what a mood disorder is, how they are viewed today and how they were viewed in the past.
Depressive Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes and Treatment Study the different types of depressive disorders, what cause them and how they are treated.
What Is Bipolar Disorder? - Symptoms, Treatment & Quiz Take a look at bipolar disorders, including how they are treated.
What Is Suicide? - Definition, Triggers, Underlying Causes & Prevention Find out about how suicidal thoughts can be treated and what may trigger suicide.

5 Lessons in Chapter 12: Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology
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Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

1. Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

When someone has abnormal feelings that affect his or her life, he or she might be suffering from a mood disorder. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the types of mood disorders and the different theoretical views of them.

Depressive Disorders: Definition, Types, Causes & Treatment

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

What is depression? In this lesson, we'll look closer at depressive disorders, including the diagnostic criteria, causes, and treatments of major depressive disorder.

Dysthymia and Cyclothymia: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

3. Dysthymia and Cyclothymia: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

What happens if someone feels depressed but doesn't meet the criteria for major depressive disorder? Or if someone seems to have a light case of bipolar disorder? In this lesson, we'll look closer at the mood disorders dysthymia and cyclothymia.

What Is Bipolar Disorder? - Symptoms & Treatment

4. What Is Bipolar Disorder? - Symptoms & Treatment

Studying the mood disorder called bipolar disorder can help you understand how persons with this disorder cycle through extreme moods of depression and mania. Explore bipolar disorder in this lesson, and test your understanding with a quiz.

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

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

Why would a person take their own life? And what can be done to prevent it? In this lesson, we'll look at the reasons for, triggers of, and prevention of suicide.

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