Cause, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mood Disorders Essay

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FRP 1 Running Head: Activity 36 Psy 7700 Psychopharmacology Activity 36: Final Research Paper David L. Alexander California Southern University College of Behavioral Sciences FRP 2 I decided to choose mood disorders as their appears to be a genetic pre-disposition in my family history to it. There have also been members of my wife’s family who have exhibited mood disorders. I therefore chose this class to attempt a comprehensive review of the use and impact of psychopharmacological agents as part of the treatment regimen for their symptoms. Causes of Mood Disorders According to (NIMH) the National Institute of Mental Health (2009), the causes of mood disorders at this time are not completely understood.…show more content…
The Surgeon General (3009) report also gives cause for concern in that it states that as many as 5 to 15 percent of all treated cases of mood disorders may be due to unknown physiological or medical causes, and often go unrecognized until after standard therapies have failed. Diagnosing Mood Disorders The diagnostic criteria established in the (DSM-IV TR) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision: DSM-IV-TR, (2000), or the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (2007), represents the bench mark by which mental health care professionals in the United States diagnose mood disorders. The evaluation of an individual with a suspected mood disorder should ideally begin with a comprehensive examination by a physician. As medical conditions and side effects of medications must be ruled out as potential causes of symptoms. The medical examination should then be followed by an evaluation with a mental health professional. The evaluation by the mental health professional should include a complete history of symptoms, including when they started, how long they have lasted and how severe they are. It should also note whether the individual has experienced these symptoms before and, if so, whether and how they were treated. The
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