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Exploring depression
Exploring depression

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2.3 Consolidating your understanding of depression

The activity below will help to consolidate your understanding of depression and to expand this to consider some issues further. Please note that there is no discussion associated with this activity. The questions posed, however, will help you to structure your thoughts as you reflect on the issues raised in the podcast. You might find it useful to take notes and write down your answers to individual questions.

Activity 3 What is depression?

Timing: Allow 60 minutes

Listen to the podcast below and note down your responses to the questions that follow. You might wish to listen to the entire recording first and review this again thinking specifically about the questions the second time around. Alternatively, you can consider the questions as you listen to the recording the first time around. Choose whichever approach suits you best.

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Oxford University Podcast − What is depression?
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Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman from Oxford University discuss what is meant by ‘depression’. The podcast is part of a series on the ‘New Psychology of Depression’ from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, produced in 2011.

  1. What does it feel like to have ‘full-blown’ depression?

  2. How does depression relate to anxiety and stress?

  3. Why does it seem to be increasing globally?

  4. Are a ‘relapse’ or subsequent ‘episodes’ of depression inevitable after recovery?

  5. What is the link between depression and suicide?

  6. Is it possible to prevent depression?

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  • Reflect on your learning in this section.

    • What were the key issues or concepts that stood out for you?

We will briefly explore psychological theories and take a look at the treatments for depression next.