AP Psychology: Free-Response Questions

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1. A friend is diagnosed with major depression. Explain what major depression is, define the following terms and apply them to this situation: Major Depression (MDD) is a mental disorder characterized by episodes of all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. a. A Psychiatrist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. In this situation, the psychiatrist may prescribe a drug to help with the patients with true clinical depression. b.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor are a class of compounds typically used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders. They can ease the symptoms of moderate to severe depression, are relatively safe and generally cause fewer side effects than other types of antidepressants. The psychiatrist can prescribe these antidepressants to the friend with major depression. c.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) currently has the most research evidence for the treatment of depression in children and adolescents, and CBT and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) are preferred therapies for adolescent depression.

d. Talking therapies is the generic name for the range of psychotherapies and is a derivative of the talking cure. Although less related to one therapy alone, it is a term that does cover psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and counseling or counseling psychology approaches. Many studies have found that talk therapy, or psychotherapy, can help treat depression. Talk therapy can help you learn about your depression and help you find ways to manage your symptoms.

2. Someone with distorted thoughts and auditory hallucinations who often doesn't make sense, and laughs at inappropriate times believes that he/she is a celebrity would be diagnosed is what? Identify...
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