The New Psychology of Depression

VU Course ID: PS218
Curriculum: 10 units
  • Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World
  • Prerequisites: None
    Developer: Professor Mark Williams, Dr. Danny Penman
    Provider: University of Oxford
    Recordable: Yes

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    Course Description

    We live in a world filled with material wealth and we live longer, healthier lives, yet anxiety, stress and depression are widespread. What are the driving forces behind these global epidemics? In this series, Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman discuss recent scientific advances that have radically altered our understanding of depression and related disorders. Also discussed are the latest treatments and therapies that offer hope to those suffering from depression. Professor Williams co-developed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression that is at least as effective as drugs at preventing new episodes of depression. It is now one of the preferred treatments for depression recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The same technique, based on an ancient form of meditation, can also help us cope more effectively with the relentless demands of our increasingly frantic world.

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    Video 1
    What Is Depression? Depression is expected to impose the second biggest health burden globally by 2020; greater even than heart disease, arthritis and many forms of cancer. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman discuss the driving forces behind this startling trend.
    Video 2
    How is Depression Treated? Anti-Depressants and Cognitive Therapy Doctors and psychiatrists once believed that patterns of thinking played little or no role in depression, but this is now known to be wrong. Professor Williams and Dr Danny Penman discuss how the treatment of depression has evolved in recent years.
    Video 3
    Cognitive Therapy and the Science Behind Relapses and Reoccurences of Depression Depression tends to return even if it has been successfully treated. Scientists now understand why this happens and have developed therapies that reduce the risks of relapse and help lift the burden of depression should it return.
    Video 4
    Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy: A New Approach Towards Depression Mindfulness therapy is an extremely effective treatment preventing relapse in depression. But what does it entail and how does it work?
    Video 5
    Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on Trial Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is especially good for people who have suffered the most debilitating forms of depression. The evidence for its effectiveness is overwhelming and continues to grow.
    Video 6
    Introduction to Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression In this final episode Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman discuss how imaging studies show that Mindfulness may have numerous profoundly positive effects on the brain.
    Video 7
    The Science of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression Professor Mark Williams introduces Mindfulness in the first of four short videos in this series.
    Video 8
    Supporting Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression Professor Mark Williams examines the neuroscience of mindfulness in the second of four short videos.
    Video 9
    Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Professor Mark Williams explains how you can support the work of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in the third of four short videos.
    Video 10
    The New Psychology of Depression: Mindfulness and the Brain Professor Mark Williams offers a brief guided meditation in the last of four short videos in this series. ~ Leave yourself notes in the cloud!

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