This is a free event. However, we invite attendees to make a voluntary contribution.
In this workshop we will begin with the contrasting positions between the medical model and the social model of mental health.
We will then explore how depression affects the brain looking at the frontal areas (the thinking areas) of the brain and then areas in the subcortex particularly the amygdala and hippocampus which manage fear/anxiety and memory. We will also look at the HPA axis and how the stress response is affected by depression.
The use of antidepressant medication in the UK (and across the world) has soared in recent years. A freedom of information request by The Guardian in 2018 revealed that more than 7.3 million people in the UK were prescribed antidepressants in the preceding year.