Compare mood disorders and discuss challenges in making diagnoses.

Discussion – Week 7


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Comparing Mood Disorders

As you have seen in the Learning Resources for the week, several mood disorders have overlapping characteristics; however, mood disorders may be distinguished from one another by their significant differences. These differences may aid in the accuracy and the recommendations that a forensic psychology professional gives for the diagnosis, treatment planning, and appropriate follow-up. In this Discussion, you will compare mood disorders and discuss challenges in making diagnoses.

To prepare:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Focus on the case studies of the “Dysthymic Executive” on pages 217–218 and “Connie” on pages 218–219 of Abnormal Psychology.
  • Consider how you would explain the differences between the disorders in the cases you review.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a comparison (similarities and differences) between the executive’s disorder and Connie’s disorder. Then, explain the factors that might make it difficult to differentiate between and diagnose the disorders. Next, postulate on some recommendations that might be given for treatment of either case if a forensic psychology professional were to evaluate the individual.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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