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This three-hour online course looks at the different kinds of depression from minor adjustment reactions to major depression and bipolar disorder. Depression can cause serious disruption to sleep, appetite, enjoyment of life, relationships with others, work, and tasks of daily living. Depression is also associated with the risk of suicide. Students will learn the causes of depression and how it differs in men and women in its incidence and symptoms. Administrators who work with children will better understand how to identify depression in young people and when to seek out treatment. Providers who work with adolescents who have autism will learn to recognize the difference between social isolation in autism and true depression. Students will also learn how the risk for depression increases in the elderly along with physical problems such as heart disease. Readers will appreciate a fascinating lesson on learned helplessness that looks at how an individual’s negative view of self can perpetuate low self-esteem and self-defeating behaviors. The final lesson covers the basics of anti-depressant medication as well as the revival of ECT for more severe depression.