What you will learn

  • 1

    What is Depression?

    • Introduction to the Depression Guide

    • What are the symptoms of depression?

    • The clinical presentation of depression

    • Who gets depression and how common is it?

    • Measuring your symptoms

    • PHQ-9 (pdf)

    • Depression Severity Rating Scale (pdf)

  • 2

    Causes of Depression: Nurture & Nature

    • Nature, nurture and depression

    • Rate causes of Depression (Nurture)

    • Why alcohol is not the only problem

    • Attachment

    • Helplessness

    • The role of criticism versus positivity

    • Illness and disability

    • Chronic Stress

    • Rate causes of Depression (Nature)

    • Genetics

    • Chemistry

    • Inflammation

    • Hormones

    • Neural Networks and Depression

    • Is Depression a disease?

  • 3

    Effective Treatment of Depression

    • What to look for in this section

    • Rate treatments for Depression

    • Botanical therapies

    • Diet and nutrition

    • Bright light therapy

    • Medication for depression

    • Ketamine for treatment resistant depression

    • Non-invasive brain stimulation

    • Psychotherapy and skill-based methods

    • Case Example - When things fall apart

    • Sleep-based methods

    • Sports and exercise

    • Work, hobbies, and social interests

    • Wiring activity into the brain

  • 4

    Summary

    • Putting it all together

    • References