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This is a 1 hour reading course

About This Course

Depression short reading course has been taken from the book The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain. This short reading course will take you through the basics of depression and in particular major depressive disorder. Depression is pervasive in our society and is one of the most common mental health issues psychotherapists encounter in their practice. This course will give you an understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of depression – at least as far as we know. It’s a complex disorder and we are on a steep learning curve, but we have a lot more understanding now than we did just a few years ago. This course will give you a foundation from which to understand your clients better and to better understand current research on the topic.

  • PDF, Reading sections, short quiz after each section, certificate of completion

  • What is depression and what are the major brain regions involved

  • What neurochemicals are involved in depression

  • Thoughts about serotonin and depression

  • he genetics of depression

  • About depression and inflammation and the gut

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Depression

    • Depression Introduction (1 min)
    • Depression PDF
    • What is Depression?
    • What is Depression? - Test
    • Brain Regions Involved in Depression (18 min)
    • Brain Regions Involved in Depression - Test
    • Neurochemicals in Depression
    • Neurochemicals in Depression - Test
    • Is the low-serotonin theory of depression wrong?
    • Is the low-serotonin theory of depression wrong? - Test
    • Genetics in Depression
    • Genetics in Depression - Test
    • Stressed Rhesus Monkeys and the Serotonin Transporter Gene
    • Stressed Rhesus Monkeys and the Serotonin Transporter Gene - Test
    • Brain Stimulation Treatment
    • Brain Stimulation Treatment - Test
    • Inflammation & the Gut in Depression
    • Inflammation & the Gut in Depression - Test
    • Summary of the Pathophysiology of Depression
    • Summary of the Pathophysiology of Depression - Test
  • 2

    Before you go...

    • Thank You

Instructor

Matthew Dahlitz

CEO The Science of Psychotherapy

Matthew Dahlitz

Matthew Dahlitz is both university trained and an autodidact whose knowledge spans across the arts, technology, psychology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, and business. He has studied psychology at the University of Queensland with a Master of Counselling degree specializing in neuropsychotherapy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist, has taught post-graduate courses in neuropsychotherapy, and is author of the book The Psychotherapists’s Essential Guide to the Brain. Matthew has also studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in both music technology and master of composition. He has scored for film and produced a number of albums of original music and played producer in a film production company. Matthew has also been an Advanced Care Paramedic for a decade, managed commercial property and property development projects in the tens of millions of dollars, founded the Age of Robots site that reports on the technology and the social and psychological impacts of this second machine age, and runs a media and publishing company with an emphasis on great story telling.