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Understanding depression and anxiety
This free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, explores the causes of these mental health issues, with a particular focus on stress. You will consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders, and learn about the biology and psychology behind them.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- describe how stressful life events may be linked to emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety
- describe the main features of the physiological stress response
- evaluate the role of genetic and environmental factors in emotional disorders
- describe the different kinds of biological abnormalities that have been linked to emotional disorders.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Understanding the role of stress
- 2 Stress and the brain
- 3 The life cycle model of stress
- 4 Insights from antidepressants
- 4.1 The monoamine hypothesis of mood disorders
- 4.2 Evidence for the monoamine hypothesis
- 4.3 Tryptophan depletion experiments
- 4.4 The neurotrophic hypothesis of mood disorders
- 4.5 Depression and levels of BDNF
- 4.6 Stress, depression and neurogenesis in the hippocampus
- 4.7 Antidepressants, BDNF levels and neurogenesis in the hippocampus
- 5 The network hypothesis of mood disorders
- 6 Genes and environment: bringing it all together
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