Abnormal and normal psychology is alike because they both deal with a behavior which reflects on the cultural backgrounds and beliefs as to which behaviors are normal. They are also very different if a behavior is not typical or out the ordinary. Understanding the difference between normal and abnormal psychology helps to recognize different mental disorders from a psychological perspective.
“Depression is a low, sad state in which life seems dark and its challenges overwhelming” (Comer, 2012, pg. 193). “Mania, the opposite of depression, is a state of breathless euphoria, or at least frenzied energy, in which people may have an exaggerated belief that the world is theirs for the taking” (Comer, 2012, pg.193). Depression would be characterized as a mood disorder which is described as disturbances of normal behavior, notably depressed, mania, and or alternating periods in each (Kowalski & Westen, 2011) . Getting out of bed every morning can become difficult for individuals who suffer from depression. For some who suffer from depression they may never experience episodes of mania. They experience lack of happiness the inability to wake up and do everyday tasks like going to work or even cleaning the house. Having the right diagnosis can result in a full recovery and having the ability to have a normal life without the feelings of depression.
The symptoms often differ from each individual and for some they are more severe. The emotional unstableness of an individual who is experiencing symptoms of depression often feel empty and find it hard to experience happiness. They often lack motivation to go out with friends or even have the energy to go to work and deal with daily tasks that for most people would come more easily. Those who suffer from depression tend to have more of a negative outlook on things and often blame themselves. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Remeron are different types of drugs used to treat different types of depression which are considered to be selective