Chapter 7

Depression and Mood Disorders

Set B

Cognitive Therapy

A form of psychotherapy based on the belief that psychological problems are the products of faulty ways of thinking about the world.

Cyclothymic Disorder

A form of depression characterized by at least 2 years of hypomania symptoms that do not meet the criteria for a manic episode and in which the sufferer experiences alternating periods of withdrawal then exuberance, inadequacy and then high self-esteem.

Cortisol

An adrenocortical hormone.

Dopamine

A compound that exists in the body as a neurotransmitter and as a precursor of other substances including adrenalin.

Dream Interpretation

The process of assigning meaning to dreams.

Cognitive Retraining

An approach to treating depression developed by Aaron Beck. Also known as cognitive therapy or cognitive restructuring.

Deliberate Self-Harm

A parasuicidal phenomenon that commonly includes cutting or burning oneself, taking overdoses, hitting oneself, pulling hair or picking skin, or self-strangulation.

Depression

A mood disorder involving emotional, motivational, behavioural, physical and cognitive symptoms.