• Focuses on the sources of depression and its prevalence in society
  • Includes a list of criteria and assessment tools for assessing and diagnosing depression
  • Includes a high-quality list of interview techniques for pinpointing depression in patients
  • Discusses how to educate family members of depressed patients
  • Addresses various treatment options such as antidepressants and Validation therapy

Many people can suffer different types of depression such as 'biological', 'psychotic' and 'major' depression. There are numerous causes for these types of depression which are discussed in this chapter. This chapter aids nurses to assess and diagnose depression in their patients in association with other team and family members, as well as assist in the implementation of relevant management strategies.

Contents include

  • Causes of depression
  • Prevalence of depression
  • Assessing depression
    • The interview
  • Diagnosis
  • Family education
  • Treatment of depression
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Author / Editor Biographies

Claudia Lai is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is a clinical specialist in gerontological nursing and has a special interest in dementia care. Claudia's research interests include issues in long-term care including restraint reduction, wandering behaviour of people with dementia, interventions in improving the psychosocial well-being of people with dementia and the use of information technology in care. In addition to teaching nurses and caring for older people, Claudia volunteers her time with the Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease and Brain...
Before moving to Hong Kong, David Arthur worked in Australia for 17 years in the fields of mental-health nursing and nursing education. He is now professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a visiting professor in the School of Nursing at the Peking Union Medical College, Beijing. David serves on the editorial boards of a number of international nursing journals and is convener of the East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars. He has co-authored a text on mental-health nursing and has published numerous journal papers on different aspects of nu...

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