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What does research indicate about clinical depression? What are the implications for treatment? Shvawn Christensen Psych 435 Athabasca University What does research indicate about clinical depression and what are the implications for treatment? The purpose of this paper is to logically provide a review about the biological and situational aspects of depression and the various forms of treatment. I will define what depression is, evaluate who depression affects and why, then proceed with the description of the most widely used methods of treatment, behavioral therapy and prescribed medication. I What is Depression? When it is referred to as your mood no one is exempt from some…show more content…
609) The key is to understand and acknowledge possible underlying and situational causes. By doing so will help to determine an individual treatment plan best suited for the individuals treatment and recovery. IV Biological roles in depression there is an abundance of scientific research that over time that has lead scientists to believe that there are biological causes of depression. A few anatomical systems have been researched, hypothesized, discussed and brought attention to the biology of depression. V The Seretonergic System The Seretonergic “system is thought to control many aspects of mood.” (Rahola, 2001) There are approximately 14 receptor subtypes that have been identified that distribute throughout the nervous system. Specifically of interest is the 5-HT receptor subtype which is believed to play an important role in the treatment of depression; it is, “responsible for the antidepressant effects of many drug treatments.” (Rahola, 2001) VI The Noradrenergic System The Noradrenergic System (NS) consists of complex pathways from the locus caeruleus lead to the frontal/prefrontal cortex, thalamus, hypothalamus and the limbic system. “The most important pathway with respect to depression is that innervating the prefrontal and
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