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The diagnostic process in mental health

    The diagnostic process in mental health

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    The tma01 is attached and the sdk228_book1 can be found on the link

    Tutor-marked assignment TMAO1

    This question carries 30% of the marks for this assignment and
    assesses module learning outcomes KU2, KU5, CS3 and CS4 and PS1.
    This question relates to the Kandris and Moulds (2008) article which you
    evaluated in Question 1 and to Book 1, Chapters 1, 2 and 3. You should
    answer all parts of the question.

    (a) The participant in the Kandris and Moulds study was treated for
    depression using an imaginal exposure approach. Explain how the
    participant’s expectations may have influenced the results of the study.
    (Word limit: 100 words) (4 marks)

    (b) The authors state that they lacked the means to control for ‘nonspecific
    treatment factors’ in their study. They are implying that the response to
    the treatment may be partly or wholly due to a factor unrelated to the
    imaginal exposure. Using supporting information from SDK228,
    describe an aspect of this study that may have affected depression and/or
    mood, other than the imaginal exposure. (Word limit: 100 words)

    (4 marks)

    (c) Describe in detail whether the measures used in the study were
    objective, subjective or both, giVing reasons for your answer. (Word
    limit: 200 words) (6 marks)

    (d) There are several brain chemicals mentioned in SDK228 that may be
    implicated in depression and/or mood. Identify two of these chemicals
    and describe the evidence from SDK228 that supports the idea that they
    may be implicated in mood. Select one of these chemicals and explain
    how activity at the synapse would be expected to change in the context
    of an improvement in mood. (Word limit: 200 words) (8 marks)

    (e) Make four comparisons between the BDI measures shown in Table l of
    the article and those shown in SDK228, Book 1, Figure 3.6(b), on the
    impact of exercise, including approximate data in your comparisons. For
    each study, you should consider the scores at each stage of treatment and
    the percentage changes from the initial scores. From the comparisons
    you have made, which intervention seems to be the most effective for
    depression? Why do you think this conclusion might not be justified?