This course was created with the intention to give you a better understanding of what depression is and some of the ways you can cope with and overcome it. We wanted to provide an accessible way for interested individuals to learn more about depression.
This course is taught by Dr. Jacob Christenson, who has over 15 years of experience in the field of marriage and family therapy. Dr. Christenson founded Covenant Family Solutions, a mental health services provider, in 2013 to meet the need for an organization that focuses on providing high quality behavioral healthcare services designed to strengthen families. In 2020, Dr. Christenson recognized that therapy was not accessible for all who wanted it, so he launched StrengthenU. StrengthenU is a virtual therapy platform built to help connect individuals with licensed therapists who can provide support that is affordable, convenient, and helpful. Throughout this course you will hear from Dr. Christenson as well as other licensed providers who work with StrengthenU and Covenant Family Solutions.
This course is jam packed with almost six hours of meaningful information. This includes defining depression, its symptoms and what is required for a depression diagnosis. We will also dive into practical coping skills, realistic lifestyle changes, changing negative thinking, and ways that your behavior may be affecting your depression. This course will also cover the different medication options for depression, possible alternative treatments that have been used for depression, and how you can provide support to the people you may know who experience depression. With input from a variety of experienced providers this course will help you to understand the complexities of depression and depression treatment. Whether you personally experience depression, or you are simply looking to gain a better understanding of how depression may be affecting a loved one, this course will provide you with meaningful information. Our goal is that you leave this course feeling empowered to face depression head-on with practical information and skills.
•Diagnoses & Understanding
•What is Depression?
•Myths About Depression
•What Does Depression Look Like?
•Types of Depression
•Physiology & Other Factors
•Coping Skills for Depression
•Coping Skills Introduction
•Positive Coping Skills
•Deep Breathing & Muscle Relaxation
•Our Daily Routine & Depression
•Fixing Negative Thinking
•How do Our Brains Process Information?
•Cognitive Distortions & Negative Core Beliefs
•Using Behaviors to Improve Depression
•How are Emotions & Behaviors Connected
•Journaling & Behavior Tracking
•Problem Solving & SMART Goals
•Self-Reliance & Overcoming Procrastination
•Medication Options for Depression
•Medication & Therapy
•Common Medications for Depression
•Insight from a Medical Provider
•Depression Treatments on the Horizon
•Alternative Depression Treatments
•Homeopathic Options & Essential Oils
•Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
•Alpha-Stim & Fisher Wallace Stimulator
•Helping Someone Who is Depressed
•Your Parents or Older Adults
•Communication & Depression
•Finding a Therapist