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Diploma in Depression

Learn more about depression to better support yourself or someone you know with this free online course on depression.

Free Course
In this free online course, you will learn about the causes and symptoms of depression. You will also study the different types of depression and the myths surrounding the disorder. Furthermore, you will be advised on how to help someone suffering from depression. This course will help you to identify triggers and make lifestyle changes when you, or a loved one, is suffering from depression. Finally, you will look at life after depression.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
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  • Certification

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This course will begin by introducing you to the definition of depression. You will learn about the symptoms of the disorder and its impact on daily life. You will also be able to explain the different presentation of depression in adults, teenagers and children. You will learn about traditional and alternative treatments for this disorder. There are many different potential triggers of depression. Therefore, it is important to be able to recognise these triggers and also be prepared to support a loved one with depression.  

The learner will read about the potential lifestyle changes that can be made to aid those suffering from depression. These include changes to diet, exercise and socialising. You will also learn about the possibility of making a full recovery and look at life after depression. You will learn the appropriate way to talk about depression and the questions which are acceptable and constructive to ask someone with depression.

In addition to the invaluable insight this course provides, there are also optional worksheets and activities to help with your revision and study. By the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding of depression, its symptoms, triggers and treatment options. This is an important and educational course which rewards you with an in-depth level of relevant knowledge. The course will give you much more insight into depression. This may be beneficial in recognising symptoms in yourself or supporting a loved one. So why wait? Start learning today.

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Understanding Depression

What Causes Depression?

Myths About Depression

The Symptoms of Depression

Types of Depression

Helping Someone with Depression

Traditional Treatments for Depression

Alternative Therapies and Self-Help

Identifying Triggers and Making Lifestyle Changes

Life After Depression

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define depression
  • Explain possible causes
  • Identify myths about depression
  • Recognise symptoms
  • Define different types of depression
  • List traditional and alternative treatments
  • Recall triggers and suggest lifestyle changes
  • Discuss life after depression and the potential of making a full recovery


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