Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

About the course
Future Learn offers a free online course on the correct understanding of anxiety and depression and evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy. On this five-week course from the University of Reading, you’ll explore what it means to feel anxious or depressed and how to recognize it. The course will also demonstrate the pioneering evidence-based treatment cognitive behavioral therapy.

Course topics:
The first week provides an introduction to how we perceive the world around us and how this relates to a cognitive behavioral approach to anxiety and depression. It reveals how CBT can be provided and the types of difficulties it faces.
The second week examines depression as part of CBT, and explores what depression is in addition to highlighting common myths and stereotypes about depression.
The third week reveals anxiety within the framework of CBT. It covers the function and positive role of “normal” anxiety to explore the difference between “normal” anxiety and anxiety disorders.
The fourth week focuses on how behavior changes in anxiety and depression, how these changes can sustain difficulties and how CBT techniques are used in therapy to address them.
The fifth week focuses on “awareness” or thoughts; Specifically, the types of thoughts that usually occur in anxiety and depression, how you maintain difficulties and what cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques are used in therapy to address them.
Course Outcomes:
Describe the main signs and symptoms of depression and identify how depressive disorder differs from simply feeling down.
Describe how a depressive disorder is diagnosed and an appropriate assessment tool is identified.
Describe the main signs and symptoms of frequently occurring anxiety disorders and identify how anxiety disorders differ from simply feeling anxious or stressed.
Describe how anxiety disorders are diagnosed and an appropriate assessment tool is identified.
Identify and evaluate the most common stereotypes surrounding anxiety and depression on the basis of current knowledge.
Describe how cognitive behavioral therapy can be provided and identify types of difficulties that can help.
Summarizing how we can know what we can know about cognition (understanding the world around us) helps us to better understand the CBT approach.
Identify key components of a cognitive behavioral approach to understanding anxiety and depression.
Describe how specific types of behaviors and thought pattern may sustain difficulties with anxiety and depression and identify the main CBT techniques that are used.
The course is offered to:
This beginner’s course targets anyone with an interest in mental illness in general and anxiety and depression in particular, and this may include:

  • Those who are currently struggling or have previously experienced emotional difficulties.
  • Family and friends of those who are experiencing emotional difficulties.
  • Primary health care professionals (or others) who have a front-line role in discovering mental health difficulties and providing appropriate support and guidance to those affected.

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Course fee: Free

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