Author Pamilla Ramsden presents a thorough understanding of abnormal psychology for undergraduate students with a focus on the integration of psychology, biology and health. Understanding Abnormal Psychology: Clinical and Biological Perspectives goes beyond a descriptive overview of clinical disorders to provide a critical appreciation of the multifaceted aspects of mental illness. Each disorder is clearly and succinctly explained with the support of case studies. These examples are then used to introduce students to the debates surrounding current research, the biology of abnormal disorders and standards of treatment. The bridge between the biological elements of brain functioning and the psychological mechanisms that are responsible for coping and adjustment is thoroughly explored. This valuable consideration of the range of elements involved in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders gives students a broad and critical understanding of this complex and fascinating field.

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders

Learning aims

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • Be familiar with the various models associated with mood disorders
  • Comprehend the aetiology of mood disorders
  • Be aware of the assessment and treatment of mood disorders
  • Appreciate the various other types of mood disorders.

Introduction

Case Study

Charlie is a 69-year-old man who was supposed to be undergoing facial reconstruction surgery to correct a breathing problem, but he was refusing to sign the papers and kept telling the doctors that he wanted to die. Without the surgery it was likely that he would die as he kept getting lung infections. Charlie had until recently been a farmer. He had a farm that had been in his family for five generations but unfortunately it had been repossessed by the bank ...

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