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Psychosocial features of depression: a systematic literature review

Authors:
CABELLO Maria, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Affective Disorders, 141(1), December 2012, pp.22-33.
Publisher:
Elsevier

... in the analysis) and to test the value of the ICF construct as a means of looking at the importance of psychosocial difficulties in the lives of people with depression, which was confirmed.

Journal article

Effects of morning phototherapy on circadian markers in seasonal affective disorder

Authors:
THOMPSON C., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 170, May 1997, pp.431-435.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Describes a study to test the effectiveness of light therapy on patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Journal article

Epidemiology of depression for clinicians

Authors:
BROMBERGER Joyce T, COSTELLO Elizabeth Jane
Journal article citation:
Social Work: A journal of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 37(2), March 1992, pp.120-125.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Reviews prevalence and risk factors for depression the impact on suicide rates and effects on children; discusses implications for social work practice.

Journal article

Risk factors for chronic depression: a systematic review

Authors:
HOLZEL Lars, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Affective Disorders, 129(1-3), March 2011, pp.1-13.
Publisher:
Elsevier

Twenty-five, mostly cross-sectional studies, were included in this systematic review. Around half of the studies were classed as high quality. Using a vote counting method of assessing the evidence, three risk factors for the development of chronic depression were identified. A range of characteristics often associated with chronic depression were also reported. The need for further research

Digital Media

On the edge

Authors:
MIND. Hull and East Yorkshire, (Producer)
Publisher:
MIND
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
(10 mins.), DVD
Place of publication:
London

This film tells the story of Phil how is in his final year of university and has become depressed after splitting up from his girlfriend. The short film aims to raise awareness amongst young people about what depression is, what you can do to help yourself if you are experiencing symptoms and how to help friends in distress.

Journal article

Depression in relation to purpose in life among a very old population: a five-year follow-up study

Authors:
HEDBERG Pia, et al
Journal article citation:
Aging and Mental Health, 14(6), August 2010, pp.757-763.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This study investigated whether purpose in life, when adjusted for different background characteristics, can prevent very old people from developing depression. An initial cross-sectional study included 189 participants aged 85-103 years living in northern Sweden. A five year follow-up study was also conducted. In the original study 40 participants of the 189 were depressed and those with depression had significantly lower purpose in life scores. In the follow-up study, 21 of the 78 people assessed were diagnosed as depressed. The researchers found no association between purpose in life and the risk of developing depression after five years, and concluded that a high degree of purpose in life could not prevent the development of depression during a five-year period among very old men

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Winter warmers

Author:
DRINKWATER Mark
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 17.01.08, 2008, p.32.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The author provides suggestions on how to beat the winter blues.

Journal article

Stagnation as a distinct clinical syndrome: comparing 'Yu' (Stagnation) in traditional Chinese medicine with depression

Authors:
NG Siu-man, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 36(3), April 2006, pp.467-484.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Depression was translated into Chinese as yiyu, with reference to the yu syndrome in traditional Chinese medicine. Literally meaning ‘not flowing, entangled or clogged’, yu, or ‘stagnation’ in English, is, however, a construct distinct from depression. The study aimed to explore the construct of stagnation through scale development. A concept-driven approach was adopted to generate candidate items for the Stagnation Scale. Other measures were a validity checking item, a Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and a twelve-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12). Respondents were recruited by convenience and snowball sampling, resulting in 602 questionnaires being completed by adults between the ages of eighteen and sixty-five. Exploratory factor analysis provided a three-factor, sixteen-item solution. The three factors were named Overattachment, Body-Mind Obstruction and Affect-Posture Inhibition. Cronbach’s alphas of the entire scale and subscales ranged from 0.82 to 0.91. Correlations of the scale total with the validity checking item, BDI and GHQ-12 were 0.71, 0.53 and 0.48, respectively. Stagnation showed a pattern of associations with demographic variables different from depression. The Stagnation Scale has good psychometric properties, and has meaningful factor structures. The evidence supports the contention that stagnation is a clinical syndrome distinct from depression. The new concept has important implications for social work practice.

Journal article

Running for your life

Author:
HALLIWELL Ed
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, April 2005, pp.25-27.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Reports on exercise on prescription, often a viable, effective alternative treatment for mild or moderate depression.

Journal article

Depression in North Carolina social workers: implications for practice and research

Author:
SIEBERT Darcy Clay
Journal article citation:
Social Work Research, 28(1), March 2004, pp.30-40.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Explores depression in social workers, examines the potential negative professional consequences - that is, impairment- and investigates the personal and occupational variables associated with depression. One thousand active NASW members were anonymously surveyed as larger study which explored a variety of health, work and personal variables. The study found that 19 percent of the sample scored above the threshold on the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale measuring depressive symptoms, 16 percent had seriously considered suicide at some time in their lives, 20 percent were currently taking medication for depression, and 60 percent self-evaluated as depressed either currently or at some time in the past. Both occupational and personal variables were related to depressive

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