Depression is a mental health condition which is widely recognised as one of the most common conditions for which people seek and receive care. There are many specific nursing problems which are encompassed by the medical term “depression” and these include physical, cognitive and behavioural patterns. Successful treatments of depression are psychosocial interventions which aim to identify and challenge a depressed persons pessimistic attitudes and beliefs and which promote an individuals’ participation in rewarding activities in an attempt to reduce any negative behaviours. The aim of this essay is to identify specific nursing problems which are encompassed by the term “depression” and relate these to a patient whom the author had met whilst out on clinical placement who had been given a medical diagnosis of depression. It is also the aim of this essay to discuss different psychosocial interventions and how effective these are in assisting a patient in their road to recovery. Depression is a serious mental health illness which affects an individuals’ mind, body and mood. It is a chronic and lifelong health condition (NICE, 2006) thought to be caused by a number of biological factors including neurotransmitter disturbances in the brain and an element of genetic vulnerability; these are often in addition to psychosocial factors such as the occurrence of undesirable life events, limited social network options, poor self esteem and the occurrence of any adverse life events during a persons’ lifetime (Bernstein, 2006). Depression can have an impact on a persons’ ability to do many things including working, engaging with others, participating fully in family life or maintaining relationships, and it can also impact on a person... ... middle of paper ... ...logy: Neuroscientific Bases and Practical Applications” 2nd Edition, New York, Cambridge University Press. Videbeck SL (2004) “Nursing Care Plan: Depression” Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Third Edition, page 325-326 Whooly MA & Simon GE (2000) “Managing Depression in Medical Outpatients” New England Journal of Medicine, 343 (26) page 1942-1949 Wilkin P & Baker P (2004) “The Craft of Caring” Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Arnold Press, London page 26-33 Wilkinson P, Kelvin R, Roberts C, Dubika B, Goodyer I (2011) “Clinical & Psychosocial Predictors of Suicide Attempts and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the Adolescents Depression, Anti-Depressants & Psychotherapy Trial (ADAPT)” The American Journal of Psychiatry 168(5) page 495-501 www.clinical-depression.co.uk first accessed 24/05/2011 www.2KnowMyself.com , first accessed 24/05/2011
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In this essay the author will be discussing a case study of a patient with a condition of major depression. The author will also discuss what depression is; the assessment that was done on the patient, interventions and medications as well as the effects of the condition on the focused patient in my case study. The author has chosen to use this condition for their case study because they find depression interesting in terms of what and how much impact it had on this patient’s physical, sociological and mental state. Moreover, using this patient’s condition for the case study will enable the author to know the care needs of the patients with this condition in the future. Also studying depression for the case study will also help improve the author’s theoretical and practical knowledge of depression. Names that are used in this case study have been changed in order to meet up with the requirements of Nursing & Midwifery Council code of conduct (NMC, 2008) on privacy and confidentiality. Mrs Smith had been admitted to the community hospital for rehab following a discharge from Hospital; she had recently been diagnosed with a condition of major depression in January 2014. She already was suffering from a condition of anxiety just after she had lost her mother in August 2013.
This article was written by several well educated professionals in the nursing field. The article appears in a peer reviewed nursing journal that covers topics in psychiatric and mental health nursing that has a 37-year history. The sources history, along with the use of various references from other professional sources establish the journal entries
Stuart, G. W. (2009). Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing (9th ed. pp 561). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
To start this research paper off, I should start by defining depression. Depression is a very serious medical illness that leaves you with the constant feeling of sadness or a lack of interest in anything. Depression needs to be treated right away because it could eventually lead to harming yourself or even suicide. Depression is common in older adults but it is not a normal part of aging. It may be overlooked for some older adults because sadness is not their main symptom. They may have other, less obvious symptoms of depression or they may not be willing to talk about their feelings. Therefore, doctors may be less likely to recognize that their patient has depression. Depression can happen for a number of reasons such as other medical problems, lo...
Depression is an incredibly serious matter that affects many people around the world. It is fairly common for many people to experience depression in some sort of way after a tragic event, such as the death of a family member or the severing of a long-term relationship. In fact, some may argue that these feelings are indeed appropriate for the time being. However, for some individuals, these feelings of despair and stress can last for weeks at a time or longer. While some who are not dealing with depression may interpret the feelings and the mindset of those who are struggling with major depression as a case of “the blues”, depression is undoubtedly a serious condition when left to itself without any type of support or medication. Depression
Mohr, W. K. (2013). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Evidence-based concepts, skills, and practices (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
According to the DSM-V, depressive disorders have shared characteristics of sad, empty, or irritable mood, complemented by somatic and cognitive changes that significantly affect the one’s capacity to function. The main elements that vary are among them are issues of duration, timing, or supposed etiology” (DSM-V, p, 155).
Depression is a medical, mental disorder that causes a constant feeling of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness. Depression affects how the person feels, behaves, and thinks. It also leads to emotional and physical problems. People with depression find it hard to go about their day-to-day activities. As human beings, many of us have encountered tough times in our lives, which caused us to feel “depressed”. While those feeling are short lived, people with depression will have feelings that are long lived; they will constantly re-embark on past negative situations and their feelings at that time. When people are severely depressed, they become a different person and their whole attitude on life changes dramatically. It’s a common but serious mental disorder that many unfortunately don’t receive help for because of the big stigma around the world. Because of the fact that many don’t get the help that they so desperately need, many turn to suicide or other life-ending, harmful situations.
Depression – a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest (Mayo Clinic Staff). Individual diagnosed with depression gets affected both physically and mentally: the way they think, feel, and behave, leading to various problems (Marilyn Elias). Depression is not only for adults; depression is becomi...