Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

Kendall Vreeland

Rasmussen College

COURSE#: PRN1555 Psychosocial Nursing Section 02

Kendall Vreeland

May 17th, 2020



Title: Major Depressive Disorder  

Thesis: Depressive syndrome can be caused by many current factors.



  I.     What exactly is Depression?

A.    Depression, or (major depressive disorder), is quite common and is a very serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you behave.

B.    History of depression

            II.     Depression has many faces

A.    Types of depression

1)    Major Depression

2)    Persistent Depression

3) Manic depression, or bipolar disorder

4) Postpartum Depression

B.    Factors that cause depression

1) Biochemistry

2) Genetics

3) Environmental factors

III.   Effects of depression on the brain

A.     The hippocampus

B.    Amygdala

C. The prefrontal cortex

IV. How is depression diagnosed?

Physical exam

Lab tests

Psychiatric evaluation

          V.     Treating depression

A.    Psychotherapy

B.    Medications

C.    Brain stimulation therapies

D.Untreated depression

         VI.     Demographics of depression

A.    Men

B.    Woman

C.    Teens

D.    Older adults

           VI.     Conclusion

A.    Summarize.



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