refers to a disorder that affects the way a person feels abouthimself and thinks about other things. It involves the body, mood andthoughts leading to loss of interest and a feeling of sadness causingnumerous physical and emotional problems (Clark, 2010). People withdepression find it difficult to carry out their normal day to dayactivities and feel that they are not worth living. shouldbe treated like any other condition because the symptoms can last forlong. Research shows that people suffering from depression feelbetter with psychological counseling and medication among others.Some of the depression related problems that patients may haveincludes loss of appetite, weight loss, feeling of helplessness, lossof concentration, sleep disturbance, and insomnia (Rothschild, 2012).Further, they may suffer from a consistent physical problem likechronic pain, digestive disorders and thoughts of suicide attempts.
Nursesplay a significant role in curing depression. New treatment programsand strategies have been developed, and the nurses have effectivelyutilized these programs in helping patients with depression. Researchshows that these strategies are effective due to an in depthunderstanding, collaborative and problem-solving based orientations(Lloyd & Hermann 2013). There is an article in the Walden Librarygiving a plan that might help patients with depression. The articletitle is “Assessing self-management strategies and depression inDiabetics”. The author of the article is Anne, Cynthia and waswritten in 2013.
Nursinginterventions refers to actual treatments that are performed bynurses and aimed at helping the patient achieve the set goals. Thenurses use their knowledge, experience, and critical thinking skillsto give interventions (Friedman, 2011). The first nursingintervention that BSN nurses could use to help patients withdepression is the psychotherapy. It refers to psychosocial therapywhereby the patient talks to a health provider about his condition.Different types of psychotherapy prove useful for treating depressionincluding cognitive behavior, acceptance, and commitment therapy. Ithelps one to replace the negative beliefs with healthy and activeones. In addition, the patient is advised on better ways he canadjust to the crisis as well as regaining a sense of satisfaction andbeing able to control his life (Rothschild, 2012).
Thesecond intervention is hospitalization and home treatment. In certaincircumstances, a person is required to remain in the hospital orparticipate in some outpatient treatment programs until the conditionimproves (Lloyd & Hermann 2013). Inpatient hospitalization isrecommended when the patient is in an immediate danger to harm him orothers. The programs help the patient calm until his mood improves.
Clark,L. (2010). SOShelp for emotions: Managing anxiety, anger, and depression.Bowling Green, KY: SOS Programs and Parents Press.
Friedman,H. S. (2011). Assessmentand therapy: Specialty articles from the Encyclopedia of mentalhealth.San Diego [Calif.: Academic Press.
Lloyd,C. E., Pouwer, F., & Hermann, N. (2013). Screeningfor depression and other psychological problems in diabetes: Apractical guide.London: Springer.
Rothschild,A. J. (2012). Clinicalmanual for diagnosis and treatment of psychotic depression. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Pub.