Welcome to Episode 121 of the Nursing Show
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Tip of The Week- Care of Depressed Patients
The death of a loved one, loss of a job, or the ending of a relationship are difficult experiences for a person to endure. The feeling of sadness during these circumstances are normal for a person, but when the feeling persists for months or years and interferes with the normal functioning of the person, they may be experiencing depression.
Depression can affect anyone but several factors like biochemistry, genetics, personality and environmental factors can put a person at a higher risk. Treatment includes medications and psychotherapy.
Nursing intervention following the assessment of the depressed patient may involve direct care and/or referral to other disciplines as needed. Direct nursing care includes psycho-education (teaching about the illness of depression, identifying early signs of relapse, finding resources, managing medication and symptoms, and promoting social activities), as well as individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, and case management.
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