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- To KNOW and UNDERSTAND what the clinical characteristics of Depression are.
- To APPLY these definition to real life scenarios and exam questions.
- We discussed what depression is and what the main symptoms of the disorder are.
- We watched a TED talk on depression looking for the emotional, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of the disorder.
- Completed the page in the booklet for the clinical characteristics of the depression.
- Created a poster on one set of characteristics.
- Depression is a mood disorder which is the term used to explain disorders that affect the emotional state of those suffering from them, i.e. – the current emotional mood is distorted or inappropriate to the circumstances.
- Depression is characterised by low mood and low energy levels
- Depression can affect the thoughts (cognitions), feelings (emotion), behaviour (actions) and the physical well-being of an individual.
- Clinical depression for example is not merely a feeling of sadness (although this forms a major part of the illness), but rather a set of complex symptoms.
- The symptoms must be causing distress or impaired functioning in social and/or occupational roles
Emotional Behavioural Cognitive Lowered mood Activity levels (reduced energy OR psychomotor agitation) Poor concentration Anger Disruption to seep / eating behaviours Dwelling on the negative Lowered self-esteem Aggression & Self-harm. Absolutist thinking (Everything is Good OR Everything is Bad)
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TEXTBOOKS OR EXTRA READING:
I would suggest that you have a copy of one of the textbooks which will allow you to read around the subject matter, pre-read ahead of lessons or even take extra notes/practise questions afterwards. I would recommend the following (you do not need to replicate books, one of each type is plenty!)
- Complete Companion Series:
- Psychology for A Level:
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