Chapter 7

Depression and Mood Disorders

Set G

Social Skills Training

A therapy for depression that assumes that depression in part results from an individual’s inability to communicate and socialize appropriately and that addressing these skill deficits should help to alleviate many of the symptoms of depression.


The action of killing oneself intentionally.

Stepped-Care Model

A treatment for depression that emphasizes that the type of treatment provided for depressed individuals should be tailored to the severity of their symptoms and their personal and social circumstances.

Tricyclic Drugs

Drugs which lock the reuptake of both serotonin and norepinephrine.

Unipolar Depression

A psychological disorder characterized by relatively extended periods of clinical depression that cause significant distress to the individual and impairment in social or occupational functioning (see also major depression).


An important brain neurotransmitter where low levels are associated with depression.

Symbolic Loss

A Freudian concept whereby other kinds of losses within one’s life (e.g. losing a job) are viewed as equivalent to losing a loved one.