Social Worker

Depression


   Credits
3 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$15.00
   Source
Robert A. Yourell
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description Course Description

This course provides a thorough overview of depression, unipolar depressive mood disorders, and numerous examples of disorders that can involve depression. Major depressive disorder is treated with extra depth, with ample information on assessment, including atypical presentations that can pose a challenge to assessment such as certain medical conditions. The course provides current thinking on etiology, course, and treatment of depression. Etiological information includes the evolutionary theory of "sickness behavior," emerging bio-psychological understanding that includes the highly-researched cytokine theory of depression, and bio-psychosocial or multifactorial understanding. Treatment sections include much detail on psychopharmacological intervention as well as non-pharmacological treatment information such as hormones, well-cited nutritional thinking, and psychotherapy. The course explains the importance of achieving full remission. Includes an overview of suicide.
Overview

Persons with depression experience and exhibit low mood and low desire for activity. A person may describe transient feelings such as sadness or "the blues" that are considered part of the normal and non-clinical range of human experience. Regarding clinical manifestations of depression, the DSM IV-TR includes a number of types and degrees of depression, all of which include sadness, helplessness, and hopelessness as key emotional factors exerting significant distress. These feelings may periodically break out into periods of crying. Changes in thought content may ensue, most commonly exhibiting a dramatically decreased sense of worth or even persistent thoughts of suicide. Cognitive changes can include impaired memory and cognition. (Sheline, Gado, &Kraemer, 2003) People suffering from depression report such a loss of pleasure in activities that they feel as though they have to force themselves to perform and express themselves despite feeling no motivatio


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