Psy300 – 4



Directions: Provide detailed and elaborate responses to the questions below.  Your responses should include examples from the reading assignments and discuss how the concepts are applied in modern psychology.  Your responses to each question should be at least one half of one page in length and include a minimum of two references.


1.What are mood disorders?  Please describe the types of mood disorders and discussion the prevalence of them in America.


2.Discuss the depressions that are not mood disorders. Include the symptoms and provide examples (these may be fictional).


3.Explain the Helpless and Hopeless theories of depression.  Does research support these concepts?  Do you view the theories as valid?  Provide examples to support your position.


4.Discuss Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness based cognitive therapy. Explain their focus and level of efficacy.  Why do you think these therapies appear to be successful in the treatment process?  Support your position.


5.   There is a growing argument that there is an over diagnosis for bipolar disorders.

What are your thoughts? Are there more mentally ill individuals or are therapists too liberal in the label…or is there another factor?





Review the Web resources in the lecture notes. Select at least three websites that you consider valuable.  In a document that is at least one page in length, provide the following information.

1.Describe the site and its purpose.
2.How does it demonstrate credibility?
3.Explain how the information provided on the site may be beneficial to students and professionals.