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Course Syllabus: Depression Management

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Course Description

Managing Depression is an engaging program that offers an abundance of ideas for taking personal control over the nasty symptoms of depression.  Focusing on self-help for mild to moderate depression, the course identifies the various symptoms of depression, and takes a meaningful and sincere approach, primarily to alternative and self-help therapies. 

While not excluding traditional and more conventional therapies, such as counseling and medical support, the course encourages students to take steps toward feeling better, taking a holistic approach toward mind and body.  Taking responsibility for as much of the healing process as possible – even if it simply means making an appointment with a doctor – is a first step toward more confidence and self-esteem.  The course provides an uplifting, upbeat and realistic approach to depression which is intended to energize and encourage the learner.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: What is Depression?

Lesson 2: Dispelling Myths

Lesson 3: Some Causes of Depression

Lesson 4: New Ideas About Depression

Lesson 5: Helping Ourselves

Lesson 6: Let's Get Physical

Lesson 7: Some Alternative Approaches

Lesson 8: Nourish Your Whole Self!

Lesson 9: Smart Ideas for Depressed People

Lesson 10: Counseling and Psychotherapy

Lesson 11: Taking Control - Getting Motivated

Resources and Bibliography

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define depression.
  • Recognize the myths surrounding depression.
  • Describe causes of depression.
  • Know new developments and ideas about depression.
  • Describe methods to help yourself with depression.
  • Describe the types of physical exercise that can help depression.
  • Describe alternative approaches to depression management.
  • Describe the affects of nourishment on depression.
  • Recognize when to seek and what to expect from counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Know steps to take to get motivated in life, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1: What is Depression10
Lesson 2: Dispelling Myths10
Lesson 3: Let's Look at Some Causes10
Lesson 4: New Ideas about Depression10
Lesson 5: Helping Our Selves10
Lesson 6: Let's Get Physical10
Lesson 7: Some Alternative Approaches10
Lesson 8: Nourish Your Whole Self!10
Lesson 9: Smart Ideas for Depressed People10
Lesson 10: Counseling and Psychotherapy10
Lesson 11: Taking Control - Getting Motivated9
The Final Exam55
Total Points:164

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