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Psychology Unit 3 Small Questions
Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders
1. Bernie spends hours in the same position, apparently unaware of what is going on around him.
Occasionally, he will become extremely agitated and have brief periods of excitable and exaggerated
movement before returning to his immobile state.
Veronica is convinced that there are people under the floorboards in her house and that they are listening to
everything she says and does. Sometimes she can hear them talking about her and how they will hurt her
when she is asleep at night.
With reference to the two cases above, outline what is meant by classification of schizophrenia. (4 marks)
2. Briefly discuss the family dysfunction explanation of schizophrenia. (4 marks)
1. Briefly discuss how cognitive psychologists have explained mood disorders. (4 marks)
2. Identify two subtypes of schizophrenia. Explain one problem associated with the diagnosis of
schizophrenia. (4 marks)
1. Outline two sociocultural explanations of schizophrenia. (4 marks)
2. Briefly discuss two limitations of community care in the treatment of schizophrenia.
1. Identify two behaviours typically shown by a person in the manic phase of bipolar disorder. (2 marks)
2. Briefly discuss at least one problem involved in the use of drugs to treat bipolar disorder. (4 marks)
People who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) usually suffer depression in the winter months
when there is little natural light.
3. Briefly outline one explanation for seasonal affective disorder.
1. Describe the psychodynamic explanation for depression. (4 marks)
2. Outline at least two ways in which a cognitive psychologist might explain depression in a person who has
recently become unemployed. (4 marks)
1. Explain one difference between unipolar depression and bipolar depression. (2 marks)
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Briefly describe one study in which treatment for unipolar depression or bipolar depression was
investigated. (3 marks)
3. People with schizophrenia can be cared for either in hospital or in the community. Briefly discuss one
reason why it might be preferable for a person with schizophrenia to be cared for in the community.
1. Explain how family dysfunction might be involved in schizophrenia. Refer to one or more types of family
dysfunction in your answer. (4 marks)