All depressions aren’t the same, but the emphasis today on one-size-fits-all psychopharmacology obscures the wide variety of origins, manifestations, and even neurobiological underpinnings of the condition in different people, and without understanding the individual variations in depression, we can’t treat it effectively. In this workshop, we’ll describe the distinct neurobiology and symptoms of four different types of depression and how to work with the underlying brain structures and processes of each. We’ll consider how to address some of the most troubling symptoms--including lethargy, isolation, negativity, and lack of motivation. You’ll learn to use methods that best match a client’s specific form of depression and its neurobiological base, such as behavioral approaches that raise energy and motivation at both the physical and cognitive level and cognitive techniques that help clients become aware of their unacknowledged negativity. We’ll also review interventions that help clients stay socially connected.
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., specializes in anxiety treatment, using a holistic approach for symptom management. She’s the author of The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and most recently, The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.