Treatment for Depression Understood

Treatment:

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:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/health/treating-insomnia-to-heal-depression.html?_r=2&

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/for-veterans-a-surge-of-new-treatments-for-trauma/

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.”

 

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ptsd-symptoms-light-up-specific-parts-of-brain/

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDvAsp3ySEo

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”

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/a-new-focus-on-depression/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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

DSM IV ONLINE:

http://allpsych.com/disorders/dsm.html

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:

http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/psychsim5/Mystery%20Client/PsychSim_Shell.html