Task 6 Mood disorders Flashcards Preview

Psychopathology > Task 6 Mood disorders > Flashcards

Flashcards in Task 6 Mood disorders Deck (45)
Loading flashcards...


• A Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure. (Note: Do not include symptoms that are clearly attributable to another medical condition.)
o Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad, empty, hopeless) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). (Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood.)
o Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation).
o Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. (Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gain.)
o Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
o Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
o Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
o Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick)
o Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others).
o Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide
• B The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning
• C The episode is not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance or to another medical condition
o Note: criteria A-C represent a major depressive disorder
• Note: Responses to losses, financial ruin, natural disaster) have to be diagnosed with caution and only If atypical symptoms are present
• D The occurrence of the major depressive episode is not better explained by schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, delusional disorder, or other specified and unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
• E There has never been a manic episode or a hypomanic episode
o Note: This exclusion does not apply if all the manic-like or hypomanic-like episodes are substance-induced or are attributable to the physiological effects of another medical condition


MDD single episode

People who experience only one depressive episode


MDD recurrent episode

Two or more episodes separated by at least 2 consecutive months without symptoms


Sub types of MDD

o Anxious distress: Prominent anxiety symptoms
o Mixed features: Presence of at least three manic/hypomanic symptoms but does not meet criteria for manic episode
o Melancholic features: Inability to experience pleasure, distinct depressed mood, depression regularly worse in morning, early morning awakening, marked psychomotor retardation or agitation, significant anorexia or weight loss, excessive guilt
 Physiological features are particularly prominent
o Psychotic features: Presence of mood-congruent or mood incongruent delusions or hallucinations
o Catatonic features: Catatonic behaviours: not actively relating to environment, mutism, posturing, agitation, mimicking anothers speech or movements
o Atypical features: Positive mood reactions to some events, significant weight gain or increase in appetite, hypersomnia, heavy or leaden feelings in arms or legs, long-standing pattern of sensitivity to interpersonal rejection
o Seasonal pattern: History of at least two years in which major depressive episodes occur during one season of the year (usually the winter) and remit when the season is over
o Peripartum onset: Onset of major depressive episode during pregnancy or in the 4 weeks following delivery
o Cyclothymic: Basically Bi-polar 2 subthreshold, has to be present for 2 years



o After drug use disorder the highest prevalence of all disorders
o 3-15% experience an episode of MDD in their lives
o Mostly between 18-29 years with older age it is less likely but when it occurs it tends to be severe, chronic, debilitating
o 2.5% in children
o 8.3 percent in adolescent
o Women are twice as likely
o 75% who experience one episode will experience subsequent episodes


Genetic factors

people with a first degree relative with MDD are 2-3 times more likely to develop MDD
 Greater genetic base when early onset
 Dysfunctional neurotransmitter systems esp. Serotonin increase risk


Neurotransmitter theories

 Monoamine are involved in limbic system which governs processes which seem dysfunctional in some MDD patients
 Not really a low concentration more an imbalance
 Norepinephrine, serotonin, and to a lesser degree dopamine
 Abnormalities in synthesis process may contribute to depression
 Abnormalities in transporter genes of presynaptic cell
 Less sensitive receptors


Structural and functional brain abnormalities

 PFC: esp. left PFC which is associated with motivation and goal orientation
 anterior cingulate: Bodies response to stress, emotional expression and social behaviour
• decreased activation
 hippocampus: memory and fear related learning, heightened levels of cortisol inhibit development of hippocampal cells
 amygdala: helps direct attention to stimuli that are emotionally salient an have major importance for the individual
• heightened activation in depression


Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

systems which is involved in fight or flight response, activates when you waking up
• Chronic hyperactivity caused by higher levels of Corticotropin releasing hormone and Cortisol
• Decreases hypothalamus and pituitary activation
o Caused difficulties to recover base state
• Causes inhibition of monoamine neurotransmitter effects
• High cortisol levels cause inhibition of neurogenesis epc. In hippocampus (hippocampus problems are seen in MDD)
• Dysfunction of glucocorticoid receptors
• Causes: separation from parents in young age an increase cortisol release


Teen age in women (factor)

for women changes in hormones as in the teens might trigger depression


Behavioural theories of depression

suggest that life stress leads to depression because it reduces the positive reinforcers in a person’s life. The person begins to withdraw which results in further reduction of reinforcers, which leads to more withdraw, creating a vicious circle
• Esp. likely for people with low social skills


Learned helplessness theory

suggests that the type of stressful stimuli most likely to lead to depression is an unconscious negative event
• Creates feeling of helplessness which leads to decreased motivation of control


Negative cognitive triad

negative views of themselves, the world and the future
• Negative schemas
• Engage in exaggerating negative events and ignoring positive ones
• Can be treated by CBT


Ruminative response style theory

Suggests that rumination predicts onset of depressive episodes, as well as relapses


Reformulated learned helplessness theory/attribution theory

People learn to become helpless because they have attributional styles that generate pessimistic thinking. They become depressed when they attribute negative life events to factors that cannot be controlled or are unlikely to change. They attribute negative events to internal, stable and global factors


Interpersonal theories of depression

focus on relationships
 Interpersonal difficulties and losses frequently precede depression and are the stressors most commonly reported as triggering depression
 Higher likelihood of interpersonal problems in MDD
 Close and high quality relationships can protect against maladaptive coping patterns and depressive symptoms


Rejection sensitivity

greater perception of rejection
• Countered by assuring seeking, which can get on the nerves of friends which can lead to social withdraw


Cohort effect

more recent generation are at higher risk for depression
 Might be caused by:
• Rapid changes in social values beginning in 1960
• Disintegration of family unit
• Younger generations might have unrealistic expectations for themselves that older generations did not have


Gender difference

women are around twice as likely
 Women are more likely to ruminate about feelings and problems
 Due to gender socialization women tend to be more interpersonally oriented than men
 Base their self-worth more on health of their relationships
 Factors such as prejudice discrimination and sexual abuse in younger years can facilitate depression


Ethnicity/race differences

minorities which suffer from discrimination are more prone to MDD
 Might be caused by high rates of unemployment, poverty, alcoholism and helplessness


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI)

 As effective as other anti-depressants but have less side effects (5-10% have to stop bc of side effects)
 Less risk for overdosing
 Positive effects on side effect of depression such as, anxiety, eating disorder, and impulsiveness
 Increase suicidal thought in children


Selective serotonin-Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI)

 Due to two neurotransmitters slight advantage in preventing a relapse of depression compared to SSRIs
 Slightly broader side effects because of same reason


Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor

 Useful in treating people suffering from psychomotor retardation, anhedonia, hypersomnia, cognitive slowing, inattention and craving
 Appears to overcome sexual dysfunction caused by SSRIs and so is sometimes used in conjunction


Tricyclic Antidepressants

 Reuptake inhibitors
 Less frequent used these days, bc. of side effects
 High risk of overdosing only 3-4 times the prescribed dose


Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)

 no longer frequently used
 MAO breaks down neurotransmitter, leads to more neurotransmitter on synaptic cleft, which is inhibited by MAOI
 Causes many physiological side effects, esp. in combination with cheese, alcohol



mood stabilizer:
 Improving the functioning of the intracellular processes that appear to be abnormal in the mood disorders
• Increases serotonin and decreases norepinephrine
 BP patients take it always to prevent relapses of mania and depression
 Reduces suicide risk
 Small effective toxic dose difference
 Resistance to it after 3 years
 Only 33 percent stay symptom free on Lithium


Electroconvulsive therapy

o Passing electrical current through patients head
o Decreases in metabolic activity in several regions of the brain
o Mechanisms of relieving depression are not known
o Side effects: can lead to memory loss and difficulties in learning new information, esp. in the days after treatment
o 85% relapse rate


Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

o Exposure to repeated, high-intensity magnetic pulses focused on partciluar brain structures
 In depression left PFC
o Few side effects, only minor headache treatable by over the counter pain killers


Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

o Vagus nerve carries information from head, neck, thorax and abdomen to several areas of the brain, hypothalamus and amygdala which are involved in depression
o Vagus nerve is stimulated by small electronic devise, which is implanted under the skin in the left chest wall
o Increases activity in the hypothalamus and amygdala which may have antidepressant effects
 Mechanism not really clear


Deep brain stimulation

o Electrodes are implanted in specific parts of the brain, which is connected to a pulse generator which is placed under the skin
o Not really known why it works