Understanding depression and anxiety
Understanding depression and anxiety

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Understanding depression and anxiety

Acknowledgements

This course was written by Saroj Datta and Claire Rostron.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Katherine Leys for coordinating the Research Methods boxes throughout this course.

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Figure 1(a): © G&D Images/Alamy; Figure 1(b): © Index Stock/Alamy; Figure 1(c): © Nassar/XinHua/XinhuaPress/Corbis; Figure 1(d): © Corbis Images; Figure 3: adapted from © 2009 The Health and Social Care Information Centre, Social Care Statistics. All rights reserved; Figure 4: adapted from © Helm, C. et al. (2000) ‘Pituitary-adrenal and autonomic responses to stress in women after sexual and physical abuse in childhood’,American Medical Association; Figure 5(a): © Mike Dodd; Figures 5(b) and 5(c): © Brian Hare; Figure 6: adapted from © Lupien, S.J. et al. (2009) ‘Effects of stress throughout the lifespan on the brain, behaviour and cognition’, Nature Publishing Group; Figure 7: adapted from Nitschke, J.B., Sarinopoulos, I., Oathes, D.J., Johnstone, T., Whalen, P.J., Davidson, R.J. and Kalin, N.H. (2009) ‘Anticipatory activation in the amygdala and anterior cingulate in generalized anxiety disorder and prediction of treatment response’, American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 166, no. 3, pp. 302–10; Figure 8: adapted from © Nitschke et al. (2009) ‘Anticipatory activation in the amygdale and anterior cingulated in generalized anxiety disorder and prediction of treatment response’, American Journal of Psychiatry; Figure 13: Caspi, A., Sugden, K., Moffitt, T.E., Taylor, A., Craig, I.W., Harrington, H., McClay, J., Mill, J., Martin, J., Braithwaite, A. and Poulton, R. (2003) ‘Influence of life stress on depression: moderation by a polymorphism in the 5-HTT gene’, Science, vol. 301, no. 5631, pp. 386–90.

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