Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Mood Disorders

Karen Kyeunghae Lee

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press

Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI:

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Depression and bipolar mood disorders are mental disorders that are characterized by mood disturbance combined with decreased functioning of the affected individuals. This entry focuses on major depressive disorder and bipolar I and II disorders among adults in the United States. Bipolar disorder has unique clinical features and intervention options, and so it is discussed in a separate section after depression. Diagnosis, prevalence, comorbidity, risk factors, course, assessment, treatment, service utilization, and international perspectives are reviewed for each disorder. The implications for social work are briefly addressed at the end of this entry.

Keywords: adults; bipolar; depression; diagnosis; mental illness; mood disorders; treatment

Article.  10310 words. 

Subjects: Mental and Behavioural Health

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