This is our home page for depression. Below will be linked all the major documents for this unit of study however be sure to check the “IB Psych Posts” page for the latest news and activities!!
Learning Outcome: Describe symptoms and prevalence of one disorder from two of the following groups: anxiety disorders, affective disorders, eating disorders
Symptom Description of Major Depressive Disorder from the DSM-V: Depression-Diagnostic-Criteria-and-Severity-Rating
Information on Prevalence from the National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH
- What is “prevalence”: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/index.shtml
- 12 Month prevalence rates of Major Depressive Disorder in America: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml
Learning Outcome: Explain cultural and gender variations in disorders.
- Great piece of research on genetic differences between males and females in regard to depressive etiology: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2017/depressions-transcriptional-signatures-differ-in-men-vs-women.shtml
The issue with Etiology
Read the NYtimes well blog post below discussing the difficulty in treating depression lies in our lack of a comprehensive understanding of its etiology:
Intro Activity to Depression–Designed to facilitate your understand of depression and its etiology:
Mark TITUS on Depression:
Links Re: Alternative Treatments to Depression…Prozac is out, sleep therapy is in!
How Prozac become so popular and a commentary on its overuse/prescription:
Effectiveness of depression treatments:
Below is an excellent primer (stated by world’s foremost experts) on depression including Etiology, Symptoms, and Treatment: