Cognitive Behavior GEORGE A. SMITH
PSY 3002
Developing a Psychology Perspective
Capella University

Cognitive Behavior
There are so many different forms of depression, even with the different diagnoses some of the symptoms are similar and at times the very same. Trying to decide whether or not the cognitive perspective outweighed the biological perspective was unfair because both are equally important with both causing depression. The following is a glossary of depression terms borrowed from WebMD:
Antidepressant. A drug used to treat depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are one common class. It includes drugs like Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Zoloft (sertraline.)
Anxiety disorder. A chronic condition that causes anxiety so severe it interferes with your life. Some people with depression also have overlapping anxiety disorders.
Bipolar disorder. A type of depression that causes sometimes extreme mood swings between depression and mania (or hypomania.) This condition used to be called manic depression.
Dysthymia. A type of chronic depression that is less severe than major depression. It can also last for years. Dysthymia may not disable a person, but it prevents one from functioning normally or feeling well.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A treatment for depression that uses electric current to create a brief, controlled seizure. It is safe and often effective for depression that hasn 't responded to drugs or therapy.
Hypomania. A milder form of mania.
Major depression. The medical diagnosis for depression that lasts for at least two weeks and interferes with daily life. It causes symptoms like low energy, fatigue, and feelings of hopelessness.
Mania. A symptom of bipolar disorder, mania is a period of intense happiness, irritability, or recklessness. It is so extreme that it interferes with a person



References: “Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression.” webmd.com 4 January 2010. 5 Sept. 2010 . Cutrona, C.E., Wallace, G., & Wesner, K.A. (2006). Neighborhood characteristics and depression: An examination of stress processes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 188–192. Paolucci, Susan, Stephen J. Paolucci, and Sandra A. Buckley. Geisinger. Hamilton: BC Decker Inc, 2007. Williams, J. Mark, Fraser N. Watts, and Colin Macleod Macleod. Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders. Chichester: Wiley, 1997.

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