PSY 350 - Week 1 - Assignment - Final Project Topic Selection

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Final Project Topic Selection Depression PSY 350DepressionMood disorders affect almost forty-four million Americans every year, making mood disorders one of the most common health issues in the United States (National Mental Health Information Center, 2012). Depression is a mood disorder characterized by ongoing feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Bipolar disorder and unipolar depression are two major mood disorders that will be discussed in this paper. Depression plays a key role in both disorders, but there are also some important factors that make these two disorders different in many ways as well.Unipolar Depression"Around 17 percent of all adults in the world may experience an episode of severe unipolar depression at some point in their lives (Daniel, 2008)." The onset of unipolar depression is often caused by traumatic or stressful events. Unipolar Depression can affect people on five different levels: emotional, motivational, behavioral, cognitive, and physical. Emotional symptoms of unipolar depression can produce feelings of sadness, anger, or even humiliation. Motivation symptoms can cause people to lose interest in things that they usually enjoy and often it can result in isolation. Behavioral symptoms can affect a person's ability to carry out normal daily tasks. Cognitive symptoms of unipolar depression can cause extremely low self-worth and it may also cause feelings of pessimism. Unipolar depression can also

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