Flashcards in 6. Depression AO1 Deck (9)
What are the two behavioural characteristics of depression?
Activity levels and disruption to sleep/eating behaviour
Explain activity levels
Sufferers of depression have reduced levels of energy making them lethargic, this could be so severe that the sufferer cannot get out of bed
Explain disruption to sleep and eating behaviour
Sufferers may experience reduced sleep or increased need for sleep and appetite may increase or decrease leading to weight gain or loss.
What are the two cognitive characteristics of depression?
Poor concentration and absolutist thinking
Explain poor concentration
Sufferers may find themselves unable to stick with a task as they usually would, or they might find simple decision making difficult
Explain absolute thinking
'Black and white thinking' when a situation is unfortunate it is seen as an absolute disaster
What are the two emotional characteristics of depression?
Lowered mood and anger
Explain lowered mood
More pronounced that the daily experience of feeling lethargic or sad, sufferers often themselves as worthless or empty