Depression afflicts millions of people in the U.S., and millions more world wide. Feeling sad is a normal part of reacting to life’s stressors, loss, or grief; but when feelings of intense sadness -- including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless -- last for many days to weeks and keep someone from functioning normally, they need help.
In this module we’ll learn about the history of treatment, talk about current medications and current treatment options including electroconvulsive therapy; we'll learn about the prevalence and symptoms of this common mental health problem. I'll discuss the different clinical presentations between men and women, the impact of other comorbidities, the suicide potential and staff's role in suicide prevention.
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