Tina's Story

2538 WordsJul 11, 201811 Pages
Mood Disorders are the result of severe or manic depression that occurs past a normal state of depression. When one has a normal depressed mood, he or she responds to the quandary of news or event in his or her own life however, are usually able to return to their normal state within a short time. Those who are diagnosed with a Mood Disorder are not able to return to their normal state. The DSM-IV segregates and identifies the distinctiveness of the mood disorders into axes that are then utilized in classifying the disorders to ensure the proper treatment associated for the sufferer. This technique assisted psychiatrists in efficiently rendering a fair diagnosis in moderate to severe disorders. There are more than ten million people…show more content…
Axis IV provides the information that reveals the environmental stimuli that accompanies the disease/disorder. Stimuli that contribute to the disorders can be from a simple argument with a family member to legal and financial problems. Last, is Axis V which has a rating scale called The Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF). This assessment test scores the patient from 0 to 100, to determining the functions and capabilities that they are able to deal with in a normal life setting (Zimmerman, 2002). Being sad is a normal part of being human. Sadness is a natural reaction to some sort of painful experience that happens to us. Examples of some experiences that may cause sadness are: death of a friend or family member, divorce, loss of a job, or even a diagnosis of a general medical condition from axes III. All humans, at times, feel depressed or have feelings of sadness. The difference between MMD and normal, natural feelings of sadness is how long the feelings last and how it effects your life. It’s not just having a day that isn’t going well; this disorder interferes with a person’s life. It may alter their perception of the event, and replaces it with irrational beliefs that provide no will to function normally in their daily interactions especially with others. Their entire demeanor, including emotions and physical well being is changed. Major Depressive Disorder sufferer’s have difficulty concentrating, and don’t
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