Treatment for Depression Understood


As far as the IB is concerned, there are 4 main types of treatment for disorders: Biomedical, Individual, Group & Eclectic.

By far, the most popular treatment practiced today is the Eclectic Approach to treatment which is a combination of 2 or more of the above.

However there is growing research supporting alternative treatment forms such as sleep therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and exercise.  These treatments are the focus of much recent research:

You should be familiar with research supporting all the above approaches.  The learning activity below will aide you in this acquisition of knowledge:

Treatment Activity

Check out the AWESOME treatment project that 2 students did!

Biological Evidence of PTSD

Interesting article below elucidating recent studies on specific opiate receptors in brain that are active/inactive in patients with PTSD and the hope that greater understanding of brain regions involved in PTSD could lead to a more specific treatment. The lead doctor writes:

“Our study points toward a more personalized treatment approach for people with a specific symptom profile that’s been linked to a particular neurobiological abnormality,” explained the study’s lead author, Dr. Alexander Neumeister, co-director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, in an NYU news release. “Understanding more about where and how symptoms of PTSD manifest in the brain is a critical part of research efforts to develop more effective medications and treatment modalities.”

Rethinking Depression

Watch the incredibly informative and insightful ted talk linked below and then complete the case study!  We’ll discuss the ideas contained within such as:

  • Mind as different from brain
  • Depression as a holistic disorder, not brain based
  • Ineffectiveness of SSRI based treatments
  • “Eclectic Approaches” to treatment

After watching the above video, complete the case study assignment linked below:

Depression Case study TREATMENT

Next, read the article, “A new Focus on Depression”

And consider the following:

  1. Summarize Dr. Richard Friedman’s attitudes towards chemical treatments for anti-depression.
  2. Cite 2 arguments he makes why anti-depressant medication is not very effective
  3. What could be the way forward in regard to treating depression if not chemicals? Cite a piece of evidence Dr. Friedman uses as support.

What is Weird?? Introduction to Abnormality

For our first option in year 2 psychology, we’ll be investigating Abnormal Psychology.  A Learning outcome of the unit is, “Discuss the concepts of normality and abnormality”  This learning activity will focus your understanding around this topic and see that “abnormal” is not a concept that is black and white.

What is weird

Defining Psychological Disorders


When finished with the above, move on to trying to understand the various lenses through which we judge abnormality via this Learning helper:

Diagnosing a STAR

When finished with the above, engage in PSYCHSIM’s MYSTERY CLIENT diagnosis Activity: