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Depression, burnout, and other mood disorders: Interdisciplinary approaches

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Mood disorders are diverse and comprise a range of nosological subcategories (i.e., major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, persistent depressive disorders, substance-induced disorders…). The boundaries between research disciplines concerned with those disorders (i.e., neurosciences, psychology, ...

Mood disorders are diverse and comprise a range of nosological subcategories (i.e., major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, persistent depressive disorders, substance-induced disorders…). The boundaries between research disciplines concerned with those disorders (i.e., neurosciences, psychology, psychiatry) are often straddled in contemporary research. Research problems are increasingly tackled with methods associated with the various disciplines: clinical interviews, self-administered questionnaires, movement-tracking techniques, molecular analysis, and electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques. Moreover, answers to epistemological questions emerging from between-discipline exchanges are pending. For instance, what is the overlap degree between burnout (a concept elaborated by psychologists) and the depressive disorders, which are a major concern of psychiatry? Not only are those questions critical to advancing the integrative capacity of current models in each field, but they also undermine the usual disciplinary barriers and underline the unity of science.

The current topic specifically examines interdisciplinary approaches to mood disorders that combine concepts or methodologies usually attached to different research fields, and/or that question their relationships.

All types of contributions are welcome, provided that they address the interdisciplinary approach to mood disorders by combining methods or concepts related to different fields, and they discuss its implications.

While authors must ensure that papers fall within the scope of the section, as expressed in its mission statement, with a primary focus on psychology theory and content, they are encouraged to look at mood disorders by drawing from different research fields, where relevant, so as to enrich their papers.


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