Depression, its true nature: A comprehensive course for the general public
Making sense of the experiences and behaviours that become categorised as depression.
If you are a mental health professional, my depression course for mental health professionals is probably more appropriate for you. Click here to access the Depression: Its True Nature course for mental health professionals.
(Price listed above is £95 Sterling - the course price - plus whatever rate (if any) of VAT on digital goods that applies in your country).
I am currently - October 2019 - in the process of updating all of the material in this course.
Who this course is for:
This course is primarily for people who have either been diagnosed with depression, or who may feel they might be diagnosed with depression.
However, anyone who would like to develop a very deep understanding of depression will find this useful - for example, relatives of people who have been diagnosed with depression.
Claire: "This is all very, very interesting".
Carole: "I am blown away with what I have learned so far".
John: "Fantastic course, brings enlightenment to a very confused profession!".
Natalie: "It is the most fruitful course I ever did in my life. Thank you for being honest, you gave me hope for humanity."
Margaret: "Absolutely superb; really helped me sort out the misinformation I have amassed over the years. I am enjoying your course on depression so much. It is giving me an understanding that I have never had before even with constantly reading and researching on mental ill-health."
David: This is excellent. Great work Terry, thanks".
Andrea: "Most interesting".
Anne: “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart . . . This course has been tremendously helpful in understanding my child and myself. And I have downloaded it and will refer back to it over time. And treasure the contents of this enlightening and revealing course on this overwhelming condition called 'depression'.”
About this course:
This is a really comprehensive course on depression. There are four main sections:
1. The prevailing medical view of depression:
In this section, I set out the medical view of depression in detail, so that you can really understand how depression is generally understood by doctors.
2. A critique of the prevailing view of depression:
In this section, I discuss the validity of the main aspects of the prevailing medical understanding of depression. As with all of the material in this course, within this section your understanding of what doctors call 'depression' will be greatly increased.
3. A more comprehensive understanding of depression:
In this section, I set an understanding of depression that fully takes account a far more comprehensive understanding of depression than that provided within the standard medical view. This extra information is based upon what people diagnosed with depression actually experience - their inner world - and fully takes into account the emotional and psychological aspects of depression, something that is often skimmed over within the medical approach to depression.
4. What you can do to alleviate depression:
In this section, I set out what I have found to work during the thirty years that I have been working with people diagnosed with depression.
I discuss both the commonly known interventions, such as medication and psychotherapy. I also set out many specific actions that people can take, actions that people who have attended me have found helpful.
Full 30-day money back guarantee applies if you are not happy with the course.
If you live in a country where VAT applies - European countries predominantly - then VAT will be added to the price of the course, at the VAT rate that applies in your country. VAT will only be applied if you live in a country where VAT applies. If VAT does apply, this - and the amount of VAT that applies - will be very clear during the purchasing process BEFORE you pay anything or commit to paying anything.
"Depression" is one of the most commonly used words in mental health. Every month, over a million searches for depression are entered in Google. The experts say that more than 1 in 10 people suffer from depression.
But, what exactly is depression?
Regrettably, there is much misinformation about depression in the public arena. Much of what people assume to be true about depression is either wrong or distorted information.
In this course, I set out to correct this situation, by providing detailed information regarding what is commonly called "depression".
There are three sections to this course:-
(a) The prevailing view of depression, what depression is generally understood to be.
(b) A critique of the prevailing view of depression. This section of the course consists of a detailed analysis of the level of correctness and truth that pertains to each of the common assumptions and beliefs about depression, for example, depression as a medical illness; brain disorder; a chemical imbalance; a genetic illness; an illness just like diabetes, to name just a few of the 11 presentations in this section, amounting to more than 8 hours of audio-visual material in this section alone.
(c) A detailed setting-out of the true nature of depression. In this section of the course, I set out what I have come to understand as the true nature of depression, the true nature of the experiences and behaviours that become collectively labelled as "depression".
While this course is not strictly speaking a directed self-help course (it is primarily intended as an educational tool), the considerably-enhanced understanding that this course provides will serve as a very helpful tool towards dealing effectively with the experiences and behaviours that come to be called "depression", and provides many pointers regarding how to move forward and how to progress the process of recovering one's emotional and mental wellbeing, and one's life.
I have sought to utilise my considerable breadth of knowledge and experience to create this comprehensive online course for the general public. My knowledge and experience arises from:
* Personal experiences of distress, loss and trauma in my life, particularly in my early life;
* Over 30 years as a physician, fully registered with the Irish Medical Council;
* 14 years as a psychotherapist, fully accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP);
* 14 years as the provider of one of Ireland's few truly recovery-oriented mental health services;
* 9 years of service on national government-appointed mental health groups, including the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy which formulated Ireland's official mental health policy document, A Vision for Change;
* The author of 3 mental health books to date, the first of which (Beyond Prozac) reached no. 3 in Ireland's non-fiction best sellers list, and was shortlisted for the UK Mind 2002 Book of the Year Award;
* An unwavering determination to do whatever I can to improve the general understanding of emotional and mental health issues, including the psychiatric diagnoses, so that better outcomes become more frequently attainable.
Guarantee: Full 30-day refund of for any reason you are not satisfied with the course.
Contact with me: You can be in contact with me as often as you like in relation to this course, for example, through the comments section within each presentation or by email.
Terry's own life experiences and his life as a mental health activist, medical doctor, psychotherapist and mental health author have brought him to a level of understanding of mental health that is unusual if not indeed exceptional.
Terry Lynch has played a prominent role in mental health both nationally and internationally. For a nine-year period, he was appointed by the Irish Department of Health and Children to key national mental health groups - The Expert Group on Mental health Policy (2003-6) which formulated A Vision for Change, Ireland’s official mental health policy document; The Independent Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change (2006-9); the Second Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change (2009-12).
Terry Lynch was the only mental health professional to be appointed to the three Groups named above. In addition, he was also appointed by the CEO of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) to the Irish Health Service Executive's Mental Health Expert Advisory Group (2006-8).
Terry is the author of 4 books: Prescribed Drug Dependence (Kindle, 2018); Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance (2015); Selfhood: A Key to the Recovery of Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental Health Problems, (2011); and best-seller Beyond Prozac: Healing Mental Distress (2004).
He has appeared regularly in the national media in Ireland and beyond.
Start1.1. Depression: A medical illness (6 min 36 sec) (6:36)
Start1.2. Depression: A mental illness (4 min 47 sec) (4:47)
Start1.3. Depression: A mood disorder (4 min 08 sec) (4:52)
Start1.4. Depression: A chemical imbalance (11 min 33 sec) (11:41)
Start1.5. How depression is diagnosed (7 min 30 sec) (7:30)
Start1.6. Depression: Clinical depression (4 min 45 secs) (4:45)
Start1.7. Depression: A brain disease/disorder (9 min 38 sec) (9:38)
Start1.8. Depression: Endogenous and reactive (14 min 24 sec) (14:24)
Start1.9. Depression: A medical illness just like diabetes (8 min 37 sec) (8:37)
Start1.10. Depression: A primarily biological disorder (09 min 27 sec) (9:27)
Start1.11. Depression: A genetic disorder (12 min 54 sec) (12:54)
Start1.12. Depression and inflammation (08 min 36 sec) (8:36)
Start2.1. Depression does not meet standard medical disease criteria (4 a-v presentations, a total of 41 min 42 sec) (41:42)
Start2.2. Depression does not meet the standard medical criteria for the naming of diseases (3 presentations, totalling 36 min 22 sec) (36:22)
Start2.3. The true validity of the terms "mental disorder", "mental illness" and "mood disorders" (39 min 02 sec) (39:02)
Start2.4. Depression is not a known brain disease or brain disorder (34 min 58 sec) (34:58)
Start2.5. Depression and the three pillars of medical diagnosis (16 min 06 sec) (16:06)
Start2.6. Depression is not a known genetic illness (2 hr 03 min 55 sec) (198:32)
Start2.7. Depression is not a known chemical imbalance illness (1 hr 21 min 32 sec) (103:35)
Start2.8.Depression and the DSM: A critique (2 hr 29 min 31 sec) (149:21)
Start2.9. Clinical depression: a critique (34 min 14 sec) (100:04)
Start2.10. Endogenous and reactive depression; a critique (28 min 42 sec) (28:42)
Start2.11. Brain scans and depression (1 hr 21 min 28 sec) (81:28)
Start2.12. Antidepressants (1 hr 38 min 28 sec) (101:03)
Start2.13. Depression and logical fallacies (33 min 31 sec) (33:31)
Start2.14. Depression and inflammation - critique (42 min 49 sec) (42:49)