Differences Between Disorders

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1. Distinguish between bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, dysthymic disorder, and cyclothymic disorder using DSM-5 criteria. (485) Before answering the question let’s see what each term means. Bipolar disorder is a disorder that is marked by alternating or intermixed periods of mania and depression (Comer, 2013, pp.224). Unipolar depression is depression without history of mania (Comer, 2013, pp.224). Dysthymic disorder are mood disorder that are similar to but not as long lasting and less disabling than a major depressive disorder (Comer, 2013, pp.224). Cyclothymic disorder is a disorder marked by numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms and mild depressive symptoms (Comer, 2013, pp.249). Now that we know what each term means we can…show more content…
I also didn’t know that these individuals have mood problems that can last months and or years. I didn’t think it could last that long, but I was wrong. I also didn’t know there were so many types of depressive disorders. I think the most interesting fact I read in these chapters was learning all the different types of mood disorders and treatment plans. I feel by learning all of these disorders and treatment plans it will come in handy when I get my Recreational therapy or social work degree because if I work with individuals with these disorders. I can maybe understand why their feeling that way and maybe suggest better treatment plan they can try. Also I know the different signs. So, I could tell if they are experiencing depression or bipolar disorders and recommend they find out if they have that problem. 3. One of the difficulties with the use of lithium to treat bipolar disorder is that patients often stop taking the medication. Discuss three (3) reasons a person who is experiencing bipolar disorder would stop taking this highly effective medication, and what a therapist might do to improve treatment compliance.278 (392) Before answering the question let’s figure out what lithium is. We know it is a drug to treat bipolar disorders, but it is a silvery white element found throughout the world in various simple mineral salts (Comer, 2013, pp.280). Individuals who take lithium suffer from bipolar disorders
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