'A mental disorder characterised by low mood and energy levels'
- Activity levels - Typically sufferers have low energy levels making them lethargic.
- Disruption to sleep and eating behaviour - Insomnia or hypersomnia plus increased or decreased appetite.
- Aggression and self-harm - Aggression towards others aswell as themselves in the form of self-harm.
- Lowered mood - Daily experience of feeling lethargic or sad.
- Anger - Anger directed at others and themselves.
- Lowered self-esteem - Liking themselves less than ususal.
- Poor concentration - Sufferers often unable to stick to tasks they usually would do.
- Dwelling on the negative - More inclined to focus on the negative rather than the positives of a situation.
- Absolutist thinking - Thinking something is either all good or all bad.
Explaining depression:The cognitive approach
Beck's theory of depression
- Faulty information processing meaning attending to the negative aspects of…