Online Class: Depression Management

Managing Depression is an engaging course 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, this online class identifies the various symptoms of depression, and takes a meaningful and sincere approach, primarily to alternative and self-help therapies.

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Course Description

Managing Depression is an engaging course 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, this online class 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--this course also encourages students to take steps to empower themselves to feel better as well as reviews holistic approaches toward the 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 the first step toward more confidence and self-esteem.  This class provides an uplifting, upbeat and realistic approach to depression which is intended to energize and encourage learners to face their problems head-on.
What is Depression? 
Have you (or people you know) gone through periods of being unable to feel or experience any joy or enthusiasm in daily living? Do you feel that you and your emotions are locked in a vacant vacuum that does not allow you to feel anything but sadness, anger, or indifference? Do you ever feel a sense of hopelessness?  
Professionals believe that everyone has experienced depression to some degree because of losing a loved one, being terminated from a job, becoming injured, moving to a different location; there are many reasons for temporary depression. To a certain degree, actually allowing ourselves to feel pain and grief helps us move through and out of it. However, when depression lingers, it is time to take some action.
Look at the following list of symptoms. Depression always affects your personal daily life in many ways. There are effects that you may not have thought about or noticed. Take a moment and sincerely consider whether any of these conditions consistently apply to your situation: 
Sleeping. Do you have problems with sleep? Is it difficult to fall to sleep, or do you struggle to stay asleep throughout the night? Do you wake up at night and worry about things, and find yourself unable to go back to sleep due to heightened anxiety? Do you stew in the night about problems that are seemingly insurmountable? Sleep problems can be attributed to many different things, but keep sleep in mind as you continue through the list. 
Eating. Has your appetite changed? Are you eating impulsively, or has your appetite tapered down considerably? Have you either lost or gained an unusual amount of weight? (This is not the same as fluctuating a few pounds up or down.)  
Fatigue and Indifference. Do you feel physically and mentally worn out much of the time? Do you have trouble concentrating and focusing, or an increased inability to make decisions? Are the things that once stimulated your imagination or piqued your interest no longer interesting to you? Do you feel unable to accomplish anything due to being slowed down, fuzzy brained, or too tired? Do you have a deep seated, pervasive sense of anger or sadness that prevents you from feeling light hearted, or experiencing joy? Do the things that once made you cheerful seem flat and meaningless? 
Emotions. Do you feel sad or empty much of the time? Do you talk to yourself in the negative tense much of the time? Stop reading for a moment, and close your eyes. In a few minutes, scan your brain for your last few thoughts. Were they, or are they hopeless, negative, angry, frustrated, or sad? Are there words or messages lingering in your brain right this moment that are focused on the dark side of whatever you were pondering? Are the messages and thoughts in your brain angry, hopeless, indifferent, or sad? Does your mind automatically go to the dark side of a thought? Just take note. 
Hopelessness. Often, when a person is depressed, he or she is unable to see any options for relief of the situation that is causing the distress. The key word here is "see." Depression has a way of blinding us to all of the many possibilities available, or makes those possibilities seem unattainable or impossible. One of the most frightening feelings is to think that there are no options, in reality, there are always options and solutions, but depression can hide them from you. A neutral third party to help is always your best bet, someone who can see what is true and what is not, and who can help you find the tools to change your situation. 
Tension and Anxiety.  Are you restless, feeling as though something should happen, or is going to happen, or that you need to be doing something, but you do not know what it is? Do you constantly have tight muscles? Do you find yourself unable to relax and enjoy social situations and even the company of your friends and relatives? Do the normal sources for your joy, such as your children, cause you more anxiety than pleasure? Are you having trouble falling or staying asleep? 
Suicidal thoughts. Up to now, most of the items on this list can stand alone. Everyone has experienced one or more of them at one time or another. However, if you are having persistent thoughts, ideas, or fantasies about suicide, there is no need to proceed any further with taking this course. You need to seek medical attention immediately.
WHY? Because thoughts such as these are an indication of a depressive condition that has gone out of control. Depression that includes ideas and thinking about suicide is no longer a matter that you should be trying to handle on your own, but has evolved into a disorder that requires medical attention. If this sounds like what you are experiencing, STOP NOW and call your local crisis intervention hotline, suicide hotline, your doctor, a mental health professional or, at the very least, a trusted friend, or make a visit to a nearby hospital emergency room.

Remember, depression is not your fault and there is nothing to be ashamed.  

Depression is a disorder, If you feel suicidal, someone who knows how tricky the disease is can treat your depression immediately. If you saw someone be hit by a car or struck by lightning, you would not hesitate to seek medical help for him, his pain is not his fault, and it is beyond his control.  
If you feel suicidal, someone who knows how tricky the disease is can treat your depression immediately. You may not think you have a disease, but if you are feeling suicidal, you do. Doctors know what to do. Put your trust in one now, and be seen by a professional. 
Does not Everyone Have Sad Feelings? Yes, we all feel each one of these at one time or another. Nevertheless, a prolonged period of a few of the common symptoms signals a need for you to pay attention to what is happening. 

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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"Extraordinarily Helpful"
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Lesson 1. What is Depression?

Have you (or people you know) gone through periods of being unable to feel or experience any joy or enthusiasm in daily living? 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: What is Depression

Lesson 2. Dispelling Myths

In earlier times, people who were depressed were often considered insane, mentally ill, or hysterical. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Dispelling Myths

Lesson 3. Some Causes of Depression

One can be extremely intelligent with a very high IQ, but if the flow between the emotions and cognition is blocked, that person is likely to be highly ineffective and unhappy. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Let's Look at Some Causes

Lesson 4. New Ideas About Depression

Depression can linger like a dark cloud over you until you make the conscious decision to take some steps to break it up. Additional lesson topics: Emotional Pain; Depression and the Immune System 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: New Ideas about Depression

Lesson 5. Helping Ourselves

Begin to purposefully improve every aspect of your life which is within your control, and you will feel your moments becoming fuller and brighter. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Meditation
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Helping Our Selves

Lesson 6. Let's Get Physical

Amazingly, one of the most effective new habits you can undertake when you are depressed is deep breathing. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Exercise
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Let's Get Physical

Lesson 7. Some Alternative Approaches

As we discussed earlier, the connection between mind and body has become common knowledge among thousands of medical practitioners and can no longer be dismissed as someone's wild philosophical belief. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Some Alternative Approaches

Lesson 8. Nourish Your Whole Self!

Maybe your diet is not so bad when you feel good, or maybe you are one of the lucky people who maintains a healthy diet even when you are depressed. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Nourish Your Whole Self!

Lesson 9. Smart Ideas for Depressed People

As humans, we tend to put our suffering in context with the rest of our lives; we consider our illness to be an intrinsic part of our identity. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Jounaling
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Smart Ideas for Depressed People

Lesson 10. Counseling and Psychotherapy

Although this course offers many suggestions for self-help, you may feel the level of your depression requires professional help from a psychotherapist. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Counseling and Psychotherapy

Lesson 11. Taking Control, Getting Motivated

What are some good reasons for taking control of your life and working toward healing your depression? 64 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Taking Control - Getting Motivated
  • Assessment: The Final Exam

Lesson 12. Resources and Bibliography

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) Additional lesson topics: Major Depression Resource Center 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define depression.
  • Recognize the myths surrounding depression.
  • Describe causes of depression.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize steps to take to get motivated in life.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Depression Management
Course Number: 7550224
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,810 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: October 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I enjoyed listening to the video gave me ideas on how to deal with my depression and about seeking help when needed." -- Bernadette S.
  • "Very informative learned a lot of interesting things during it also felt benefits from pressure areas for depression." -- Stephanie I.
  • "The course was very helpful, and the instructor did a great job. I'm glad I took this course." -- Clara P.
  • "The instructor is fabulous." -- Temitayo ayoka M.
  • "Really Great Course. Thank You!" -- Edit L.
  • "I liked the information available for print and the resource links provided. I enjoyed learning about Depression and ways to help others that are dealing with its effects. The instructor's materials were insightful and her comments to my papers were appreciated. Thank you." -- Joe O.
  • "Loved the course, been suffering depression lately and this course re-awakened the life in me again. Thank you so much." -- Samantha R.
  • "I enjoyed her class very much. She was right there with any questions. For people who have suffered some depression in their lifetime, this course gave healthy alternatives to help them see their way out of a negative thought pattern that does us no good." -- Cynthia G.
  • "I appreciated the compassion and optimism shown by the instructor.. I found two things to be the most helpful: the information on self-help--this included meditation, affirmations, benefits of eating well and exercise, references to reading material, etc.; and the explanation of what is happening physically when a person is depressed, e.g. the serotonin levels and other chemicals in the body." -- Frances M.
  • "I found everything in this course of Depression 101 to be very helpful!! I learned so much more than I knew before taking this course." -- Karen D.