PSY410 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Depression

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Please complete a 5 page APA paper and be sure to follow these instructions:

  1. Choose 1 mental disorder from the material you've already read about or reviewed in Chapters 1 through 7.
  2. Describe all the main features and symptoms of the disorder you chose. Be sure to cite the information you are gathering from your textbook, journal articles or other resources you've chosen in the References section of your paper.
  3. Identify 2 or 3 assessment methods or procedures you would use to help you in the diagnosis of a future patient potentially suffering from this disorder.

Your paper should contain the following 5 total pages: 1 title page, 1 abstract page, 1 references page, and 2 pages for the body of the paper (which should include the 3 points/instructions mentioned above). The entire paper should be written in APA style or formatting.

I suggest either depression or anxiety disorder.

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School: UCLA



Symptoms, Assessment Methods and Diagnosis of Depression
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Mental disorders are illnesses that affect the psychological or cognitive aspect of human
health. Many events and happenings cause mental disorders of different kinds among people.
Mental disorders include illnesses such as anxiety, stress, posttraumatic disorders and depression.
Although most of them share the symptoms since they occur at the same time in many cases,
each of them has at least some unique feature that allows clinicians and doctors to distinguish
them. For this reason, physicians conduct different assessments to help the diagnosis of the
particular disorder. This paper discusses the various features and symptoms of depression as well
as the clinical assessments and procedures that help in the diagnosis and interventions of
depression. Although a common mental disorder, depression causes low moods, feelings of guilt
and worthlessness as well as feelings of declined pleasure and interest of practices that
previously the patient enjoyed. Depression also changes the sleep patterns by either increasing
the desire for sleep or lack of sleep in addition to low concentration.



Features and symptoms of depression
Low moods and interests
According to the study by Edwards et al. (2015), depression causes low moods and interests. In
this regard, most of the patients develop a sense of low self-esteem. It is apparent that many
events and occurrences in life may make an individual to develop changes in moods. However,
the degrees of showing the moods and worthlessness increases with the impacts of the cause of
the mood change. For instance, when people lose their loved ones, they are likely to develop
changes in moods and interests in various activities including associations. As such, people
become less interested in various practices.
Sense of guilt and worthlessness
Depression may occur because of frustrations in life endeavors. For instance, many
people who continue to look for job but in vain may experience continued state of stress. When
individuals do not meet some criteria or qualifications for particular jobs, thus missing the
opportunity, they may develop sense of guilt and worthlessness. Increased family conflicts and
dissatisfaction and other such conditions may influence sense o...

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