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Description

In this course, Emotions and emotional disorders, you will learn about some of the disorders related to the feelings of stress, sadness, and anxiety including how these disorders are diagnosed, their biological correlates, and evidence of their possible causes.

Introduction

This course is about stress, emotional disorders and the brain. You will learn about some of the disorders related to the feelings of stress, sadness and anxiety including how these disorders are diagnosed, their biological correlates, and evidence of their possible causes. To start, the course looks at some definitions of mood, emotions and emotional disorders and explains how emotions and emotional disorders themselves can be placed in the wider context of our evolutionary heritage.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Recognize the value of an evolutionary perspective in understanding emotions (or moods) and emotional (or mood) disorders
  • Specify brain pathways involved in the perception and processing of emotions
  • Describe the rationale of approaches used in the diagnosis of emotional (or mood) disorders
  • Outline the characteristics and experience of specified emotional disorders
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information about the prevalence of mental health disorders in populations.

Course Curriculum

    • Moods, emotions and disorders 00:20:00
    • What is an emotional disorder? 00:20:00
    • Occurrence and cost of emotional disorders 00:10:00
    • Emotions in an evolutionary context 00:10:00
    • An evolutionary approach to emotion in humans and animals 00:10:00
    • Evidence for the universality of human emotions 00:10:00
    • Evolutionary layers of the brain 00:10:00
    • The amygdala and emotion 00:10:00
    • The value of negative and positive moods and emotions 00:10:00
    • The pressures of modern life 00:10:00
    • Social competition, stress and subordination in animals 00:10:00
    • Social competition, stress and subordination in humans 00:30:00
    • Recognising emotional disorders 00:10:00
    • Diagnostic criteria for emotional disorders 00:10:00
    • Affective disorders 00:10:00
    • Diagnosing major depression (MD) 00:20:00
    • Anxiety disorders 00:10:00
    • Experiencing anxiety 00:10:00
    • Diagnosing generalised anxiety disorder 00:20:00
    • Challenges in the diagnosis of depression and anxiety 00:40:00
    • Are the diagnostic categories correct? 00:30:00
    • Medicalising sadness? 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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