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This advanced-level course, Exploring depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also begin to explore theoretical models, biological and psychological explanations, and look at a range of pharmacological and psychological therapies for depression.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • understand depression from biopsychosocial perspectives
  • discuss contemporary issues in mental health science related to depression
  • recognise different lines of evidence and appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of current knowledge in the study of mental health science.

Course Curriculum

    • 1.0 The experience of depression 00:45:00
    • 1.1 Understanding depression − key issues 02:00:00
    • 2.0 Exploring depression 00:10:00
    • 2.1 Depression can affect people in different ways 00:20:00
    • 2.2 The diagnosis of depression 00:30:00
    • Medicalising grief? 00:20:00
    • 2.3 Consolidating your understanding of depression 00:30:00
    • 3.0 Theoretical models and psychological explanations of depression 00:30:00
    • 3.1 Behaviourist theory and operant conditioning 00:10:00
    • 3.2 Psychodynamic theories 00:10:00
    • 3.3 Cognitive models 00:30:00
    • 3.4 Neurotic depression 00:10:00
    • 3.5 Models of rumination 00:20:00
    • 4.0 Biological explanations for depression 00:30:00
    • 5.0 Treatments for depression 00:30:00
    • 5.1 Pharmacological and psychological therapies 00:30:00
    • 5.2 Treatment-resistant depression and somatic treatments 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:03:00

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