Module: Depression

World Health Organization WHO, (2017)

Overview Learning objectives • Promote respect and dignity for people with depression. • Recognize common symptoms of depression. • Know the assessment principles of depression. • Know the management principles of depression. • Perform an assessment for depression. • Use effective communication skills in interactions with people with depression. • Assess and manage physical health conditions as well as depression. • Assess and manage emergency presentations of depression (see Module: Self-harm/ suicide). • Provide psychosocial interventions for people with depression and their carers. • Deliver pharmacological interventions as needed and appropriate, considering special populations. • Plan and perform follow-up for depression. • Refer to specialists and link with outside services where appropriate and available.

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