Exploring depression
Exploring depression

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Exploring depression


This free course was written and compiled by Dr Payam Rezaie, critically read by Dr Christopher Heath and edited by Nick Adams (Faculty of STEM). It was commissioned by Simon Hull (Senior Producer, Free Learning, OMIL) and Dr Patrina Law (Head of OpenLearn). We are grateful to Dawn Partner, Dale Harry and Sofia Maruzza for production assistance, Katie Meade for Rights and Debbie Roberts (engagevisually.co.uk) for creative assistance in developing the visual summaries for this course.

Parts of the course were redeveloped from S826 Introduction to mental health science.

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Visual summaries are licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

We gratefully acknowledge the following sources:

BBC World Service ‘Discovery’ − Depression (2012)

Oxford University Podcasts. Dr Danny Penman and Professor Mark Williams from the Department of Experimental Psychology discuss ‘What is depression?’, as part of a series on the ‘New Psychology of Depression’ produced in 2011. Available under Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution - Non-commercial - Share Alike 2.0)

TED Talk: Andrew Solomon−The Secret We Share (2013)

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