Mood Disorders and Life Stages

Review the two cases. Based on the information you learned from your assigned weekly readings from your textbook, respond to the following:


  • Which of the persons may be more prone to a mood disorder? Apply DSM-IV-TR criteria.
  • What else would you need to know to diagnose a mood disorder? Apply DSM-IV-TR criteria.
  • What are the primary causal factors of mood disorders?
  • If either of the persons were to be treated for a disorder, what are some of the treatment strategy risks or consequences?
  • Does the given life stage (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age) of the person impact your understanding of the causal factors or treatment strategy?

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