Depression Online Course

This depression online course by eLearning, is designed to enable you to increase your awareness and understanding of mental health disorder, depression.


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Course Description

This Depression Online Course is designed to enable you to increase your awareness and understanding of mental health disorder, depression.

The Depression Online Course begins explaining what we mean by the term ‘depression’ and explains how common the problem is. it then explains the symptoms of depression and describes the different types of depression an individual can be diagnosed with, including the severity and different ‘specifiers’ associated with the illness.

In stage three, the course outlines the different possible causes of depression and co-existing problems that individuals face. The final stage focuses on the treatment and support strategies for depression, including therapy treatment, medication and self-help strategies to help individuals recover.

Finally, the course outlines the role of the support or care worker in helping support individuals suffering from depression.


Study Depression Online Course via an eLearning platform.

Access to the Depression Online Course is via an eLearning platform. E-Learning an efficient way of delivering courses online due to its convenience and flexibility. The resources are available from anywhere and at any time. Meaning everyone can take advantage of web-based learning regardless of their circumstances. E-Learning is invaluable for employers, meaning staff can complete CPD without the added cost of lecturers and conferences.

CPD Certified

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996. It is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors. Certified CPD courses complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. CPD courses can be completed at work or at home or whoever there is an internet connection. Meaning that you can further your skillset and progress your career in a way that suits you.

Other CPD Certified courses

Along with this Depression Online Course, Home Study Zone offers a vast array of other Certified CPD courses. Additionally, CPD will help somebody build their skill set, gain further understanding, and progress in their career.

See our other CPD Certified courses available here

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course learners should know and understand the following:

  • Define what is meant by the term ‘depression’.
  • Identify prevalence rates for depression.
  • Better understand what it means to experience depression.
  • Identify the different symptoms of depression.
  • Outline the different types of depression.
  • Explain what is meant by the terms ‘severity’ and ‘specifier’ in relation to diagnosing depression.
  • Outline the causes of depression.
  • Explain the Vulnerability-Stress Model.
  • Identify co-existing problems associated with depression.
  • Outline the NICE guidelines for treating depression.
  • Identify the role of lifestyle factors in treating depression.
  • Explain how CBT therapy works.
  • Outline the role of medication in treating depression.
  • Identify what you can do to help someone with depression.

Course Syllabus

  • What is depression?
  • Prevalence rates
  • History of depression
  • Stigma
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Severity classifications
  • Specifier categories
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cyclothymic disorder
  • Postnatal depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Substance-induced mood disorder
  • Depression due to a medical condition
  • Causes of depression
  • Co-existing problems
  • Suicide
  • Support and treatment options
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Therapy
  • Behavioural activation
  • Mindfulness
  • Medication
  • Assessing the risks
  • Communication

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