Psychology | Mood Disorders
P657 | 9992 | O'Donnell, B.


P657 Mood disorders
This course will be an inquiry into the nature and treatment of mood
disorders. Mood disorders include major depression, dysthymia,
bipolar disorder, and cylothymia. These mental illnesses result in
great personal suffering, disability, family stress, and social
cost. The causes of most of these illnesses are unknown, although
pharmacological and behavioral treatments are available. Our
approach to understanding these disorders will draw on scientific
research from many disciplines.
Topics for each illness will include: 1) History, classification,
and diagnosis, 2) Clinical features and course, 3) Subjective
experience and social/cultural impact, 4) Epidemiology, 5) Genetics,
6) Cognitive disturbances, 7) Biological correlates, 8) Behavioral
and pharmacological treatment, and 9) Etiology. Grades will be based
on short tests, participation, presentations on topics, and one
paper.