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Outline the major symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. Case study of one sufferer.

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Case Study Week 4 Briana Conner, Jaime Lowe, Linda Fiesta, & Jayne Evans PSYCH/515 November 7, 2011 Dr. Engstrom Case Study Week 4 Background Information 1. Outline the major symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. Major Depressive Disorder affects many aspects of an individual, including the physical body, thoughts, and mood. The symptoms of this disorder can be broken down into four categories: * Thinking; creates problems with memory and decision making. * Feelings; creates problems with motivation and mood. * Behavior; apathy, withdrawn, loss of appetite, prone to crying, loss of interest. * Physical; run down, aches and pains. These symptoms must persist for a period of time to meet the criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (Gregoire & Kohn, 2010). ...read more.


the same two week period and constitute a change from previous functioning with at least one of the symptoms being depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure. * Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day. * Diminished interest or pleasure in most activities most of the day. * Major weight loss or gain, or a decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. * Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day. * Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day. * Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day. * Feelings of worthlessness or excessive, inappropriate guilt nearly every day. * Diminished ability to think or concentrate. * Recurrent thoughts of death, suicide, or suicide attempts. These symptoms must cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning and are not due to a general medical condition or the effects of a substance such as medication or drug abuse. ...read more.


She descended into a deep darkness, sleeping most of the day, eating little, and having recurring thoughts of suicide. Tara's depression persisted throughout college. She made several suicide attempts and was hospitalized. It was during that time Tara was diagnosed with Major Depression. During adulthood, Tara has made several more suicide attempts. She has been hospitalized several times, on both a voluntary and involuntary basis. She has been treated for Major Depression with therapy and medication, and most recently, with electroconvulsive therapy. Tara has been able to sustain employment as a drug abuse counselor, although she does so reflexively with no emotional involvement. Tara engages in no outside activities and has no interests with the exception of an occasional shopping trip after work. She is not involved in any significant relationships, although she does maintain contact with family members. ...read more.

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