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Emily Hunt
PY4 Abnormal




Aetiologies of Depression
WJEC POTENITAL question: Discuss aetiologies of Unipolar Depression including either physiological
or psychological explanations (They can also ask for both)

Physiological Explanations

Genetics
Family Studies
Those of closer degree we more likely to experience depression at some point.
Twin Studies
There are higher…

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Gender Bias research based on women and hormone levels of stress is different to that of
men's

However...

There is a lot of evidence to suggest support like Selye's GAS theory

Diathesis-Stress
Believes a combination of genetics and environment. That we have the gene to be…

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PY4 Abnormal






Cognitive
Becks theory of depression
Negative thinking is due to triad involving, the set world and future.

Learned helplessness
Lack of positive reinforcement losing time for pleasure. SELIGMAN using dogs found that when you
fail every time you try you learn to give up trying thinking…

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