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Lesson 1: What is depression?

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Unit 1: Introduction
In this first unit we will broadly look at what depression is and the typical experiences a person has when they are going through depression. This will lead us on to behaviours that may show when people are depressed as well as some of the main factors that can trigger depression such as genetic, biochemical, psychological and behavioural causes.
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Unit 2: The face of depression
During this part of the course we will move on to look at the symptoms of depression and how people can show signs of being depressed. The unit will cover various areas such as feelings of guilt, fear, hypercriticism and isolation.
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Unit 3: How depression affects people
Depression, at its most severe, can have a devastating effect on individuals and their ability to live their life in a way which is fulfilling and meaningful. In this unit we will look at how depression affects individuals in a number of ways including physically, behaviourally and cognitively.
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Unit 4: Effects of depression on others
Not only does depression affect the sufferer, it also has an impact on those closest to them. Here we look at how depression impacts the lives of family and friends that are closest to the person and the various impacts depression can have on a life. These will include family strain, daily life demands, Seasonal Affective Disorder, financial issues and physical health.
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Unit 5: Resources and treatments
In this final unit we will look at resources and treatments that people with depression can access. A wide variety of resources and advice are available to people with depression and understanding how to access these is vital for recovery.
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Lesson: Lesson 1: What is depression?
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Depression is the most prevalent mental illness in the world. Currently, an estimated 100 million people in Africa suffer from clinical depression, including 66 million women. That figure is projected to nearly double by the year 2030. (World Bank)

When it is being clinically diagnosed, health professionals will use the definition from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) in order to decide if someone has the condition

A more accessible definition, which is likely to be better understood by the majority of people who are not medical professionals, is: “Depression is a medical illness that negatively impacts many aspects of your life, including how you think, feel and act. It can also affect your relationship with yourself and others. Depression often causes prolonged feelings of sadness.”

It can also be defined as: “a state in which a person is very anxious and unhappy for long periods and cannot have a normal life during these periods.”

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Lesson List
Unit 1: Introduction
In this first unit we will broadly look at what depression is and the typical experiences a person has when they are going through depression. This will lead us on to behaviours that may show when people are depressed as well as some of the main factors that can trigger depression such as genetic, biochemical, psychological and behavioural causes.
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Unit 2: The face of depression
During this part of the course we will move on to look at the symptoms of depression and how people can show signs of being depressed. The unit will cover various areas such as feelings of guilt, fear, hypercriticism and isolation.
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Unit 3: How depression affects people
Depression, at its most severe, can have a devastating effect on individuals and their ability to live their life in a way which is fulfilling and meaningful. In this unit we will look at how depression affects individuals in a number of ways including physically, behaviourally and cognitively.
0/4
Unit 4: Effects of depression on others
Not only does depression affect the sufferer, it also has an impact on those closest to them. Here we look at how depression impacts the lives of family and friends that are closest to the person and the various impacts depression can have on a life. These will include family strain, daily life demands, Seasonal Affective Disorder, financial issues and physical health.
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Unit 5: Resources and treatments
In this final unit we will look at resources and treatments that people with depression can access. A wide variety of resources and advice are available to people with depression and understanding how to access these is vital for recovery.
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