according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 18% of American adults experience anxiety disorders in a typical year. About 9.5% have the symptoms of mood disorders (Note that an individual can be simultaneously diagnosed with both types). There are many possible explanations for the high prevalence of both disorders, but whatever the cause, these two categories affect a very large part of the population and thus are of great concern. As you create your discussion post, consider the following:
- What do we know about the causes and progression of these disorders?
- What do theory and research tell us about the causes of these disorders and possible means of prevention?
By the end of this discussion, you will be able to:
- Discuss the symptoms and development of mood disorders with focus on the biological and social-cognitive perspectives
- Describe the symptoms and likely causes of the most common anxiety disorders
Complete the following:
Briefly share the plot of a book, movie, or television show in which the main character(s) presented one of the psychological disorders discussed in this module. Describe the behaviors displayed by the character(s) that are symptomatic of the disorder. Did the character(s) seek professional help from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor? What coping strategies were used? What caused the character(s) to develop the disorder and in your opinion, which therapeutic approach do you feel would be the most beneficial treatment for your character(s)? Why?