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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.

National Institute of Mental Health on Depression

Depression by American Psychiatric Association

Clinical Assessment and Management of Depression


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3 Responses to Nursing Care of Depressed Patients and Episode 121

  1. Marianne says:

    Contracting for safety is not Evidenced Based Practice. Planning for safety is most effective. Use of collateral data through patient interview, significant other interview, to speak with curent psychiatrist/counslor, review of history of suicide to detect increasing suicide lethality,and putting the peices together. Actually the idea of contracting for safety was never proven and is not effective.

    • Jamie Davis says:

      Thank you for making sure we stick to best practices. Ultimately, no patient at risk for self harm should have any of their statements taken at face value, contract or not. Any contact with a patient encompasses a variety of safety practices that all provide for a continuum of care. If you are a psych nurse or would like to talk more in person via a phone interview segment, I’d love to share your thoughts, experiences and best nursing practices with the rest of the audience on the show. Contact me at podmedic@mac.com if you are interested.

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