Depression Research Outline

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Maddie Grubich Februrary 15, 2013
Winthrop 6-7
I. Intro

II. Depression
A. Why People Have Depression
1. Deals with bio & genetic factors
2. Life events/ personality traits
B. What is it?
1. Mental disorder that makes you feels sad, helpless, etc.
III. Signs
A. Signs of Depression
1. Too much/ too little sleep
2. No/ too big of appetite

B. Signs of Depression (continued)
1. Loss of concentration
2. Short tempered

C. Hereditary Factors
1. Dep. can be hereditary

IV. Side Effects  
A. Eating problems
1. Some people over eat
2. Others don’t eat enough

B. Hallucinations
1. Often see things that aren’t there

C.   Stress
1. Main reason why some ppl have dep.

V. Stats/ What’s known?

A. What doctors do know
1. No 1 explanation for every cause
2. Complex condition

B. What doctors know (continued)
1. No single treatment

C. Stats
1. Unemployed/ less educated
2. 45-64 years

D. Stats (continued)
1. One in ten adults has it
2. Higher in women


E. Drugs/ Alcohol
1. People/ teens are more likely to do drugs/ alcohol
VI. Brain
A. Stress Glands
1. Hyp-pituitary –adrenal gland

B. Brain
1. Forebrain

C. Biochemistry
1. “…”

D. Parts of the Brain
1. Temporal lobe
2. Frontal lobe

E. Serotonin Levels
1. Lower in depressed than normal

F. Hypothalamus, Pituitary
1. Contribute in depression levels

VII. Other Mood Disorders
A. Other Risks
1. Anxiety
2. Eating Disorders

B. Seasonal Aff. Disorder
1. Some only dep. in fall/winter
2. More common in the North
3. Younger people

C. Bipolar Disorder
1. “Cycling mood changes”
2. Antidepressants make it worse

D. Mood Disorders
1. All mood disorders

VIII. Treatment
A. Treatment
2. If not treated, suicide.

B. Therapy
1. Common treatment

C....

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