• African Mental Health First Aid

Therapy

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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: Therapy
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A doctor can also offer to refer someone for therapy, of which there are a number of choices:

  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – works by enabling the individual to look at their thinking patterns, which, as we have discussed previously, can have an effect on the way that someone views their condition. CBT helps to identify a person’s negative thought patterns and distorted perceptions that may be causing or adding to their depression. CBT also helps to identify the individual’s behavioural responses to stressful situations. The aim of CBT is to help a person to break their negative thinking cycle and develop a healthier and more constructive way of dealing with stressors.
  • Psychotherapy – Is another type of ‘talking therapy’ that may be useful in getting to the root cause of the depression. It is more useful for severe depression, which is often caused by subconscious trauma that the individual cannot bring into their conscious mind because it is too painful. Because they cannot think about it, they cannot identify the cause and therefore it cannot be resolved.
  • exercising can be a very effective way of reducing the symptoms of mild depression because it encourages the release of ‘feel good’ hormones. If someone exercises alongside having a good diet this can make them e
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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.
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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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