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Depression Treatment in Developing Countries

CBT for Depression in Emerging CountriesScientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a therapy program to help treat depression in women in developing countries.

Although depression is a major health problem world-wide, experts say its impact is greatest in developing countries where 80 percent of the population live.

Often there are no resources available to treat sufferers.

Professor Atif Rahman from the School of Population, Community and Behavioral Sciences developed a therapy program while working as a Wellcome Trust Career Fellow in Tropical Medicine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

“Depression is one of the leading causes of mental illness in the world and when the condition affects mothers with newborn babies, it can lead to serious consequences” he says.

“The impacts include low birth-weight, poor growth, frequent diarrhea and the mother failing to ensure the child is properly immunized. These conditions tend to remain untreated in countries like Pakistan where only a fraction of the Government’s budget is spent on health.

The program, which is designed to be integrated into the routine work of ordinary village-based health workers, has been tested in Rawalpindi. Community health workers visiting expectant mothers are trained to use principles of cognitive behavioral therapy as treatment. Patients attend sessions every week in the last month of pregnancy, followed by three sessions in the first post-natal month, and nine monthly sessions thereafter.

The largest trial of the treatment of depression using community health workers from any country in the developing world involved 903 mothers – 463 of whom were in the therapy group. The mothers from this control group were twice as likely to be depressed as those given the therapy after six and 12 months.

Source: University of Liverpool

Depression Treatment in Developing Countries

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Depression Treatment in Developing Countries. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 17, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/11/11/depression-treatment-in-developing-countries/3313.html

 

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