Research-Based Interventions on Mood Disorders

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Research-Based Interventions on Mood Disorders Select one of the mood disorders—major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, double depression, cyclothymic disorder, or bipolar disorder Use the Research Analysis to complete this assignment. Prepare a 1,050- to 1,500-word paper that discusses research-based interventions to treat psychopathology. Review and differentiate the characteristics of the selected disorder and discuss the research about intervention strategies for the disorder by completing the following: Evaluate three peer-reviewed research studies using the Research Analysis. Conceptualize the disorder using the biopsychosocial or diathesis-stress models. Discuss the treatments or interventions that have been shown to be the most effective for your selected disorder. Why? Cite at least five peer-reviewed sources.

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Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects many people without bias to age, gender, or race. Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of mania, such as extreme happiness, and depression (NIMH, n.d.). It is a neurological disorder that affects a person's quality of life and interrupts daily living. A person suffering from bipolar disorder has drastic mood swings, ranging from severe depression to extreme happiness within a matter of minutes. There are four types of bipolar disorder: type 1, type 2, mixed, and rapid cycling. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a neurological disorder (NIMH, n.d.). Within minutes the mood can go from extreme happiness to severe depression. The established criteria for the manic period include several days of the person's mood being "too happy, high, excited, irritable, or angry for most of the time, day or night" (Bipolar Disorder and Genetics, n.d., para 3). There must be at least three of the following symptoms: "decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, talkativeness, inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, distractibility, increased physical, mental, sexual activity, or reckless behavior" (Bipolar Disorder and Genetics, n.d., para. 3). Other symptoms are hearing voices, having visions, or strange behavior.Bipolar I disorder is characterized by having a single manic episode without a history of depression. Manic or mixed episodes last not less than seven days. Hospitalization is required when man

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