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Question: TMA 02 A Biopsychosocial View on Stress and Depression

Answer: In everyday life, there is anxiety and stress all around us, however when this becomes excessive to the point that it interferes with our daily functioning this can lead to other problems, such as the onset of depression. Hans Selye called stress the ‘salt of life’ and stated that looking at biology alone may not be enough to understand the effects of stress (cited in Datta, 2010b, p. 36). Therefore a biopsychosocial approach, which looks at the biological, psychological, and social factors of a person to understand mental health, is more appropriate (Toates, 2010c, p. 13). This essay will be using a biopsychosocial approach to explain the reasons why two people who are in the same stressful situation differ in their mental wellbeing, as one person becomes depressed while the other does not.

Stressful events can trigger depression by causing the hyperactivity of a stress respon...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: SDK228 The science of the mind: investigating mental health
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 88%
  • Words: 1026
  • Date submitted: February 12, 2014
  • Date written: February, 2013
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 5399

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