Caring for a Person with Persistent Depressive Disorder

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Lecture Overview

Geoff Ahern explains persistent depressive disorder in a manner that is both informative and highly relevant to healthcare professionals. It is well known that the symptoms of depression can cause low moods, lack of motivation and, in extreme cases, poor self-care. This session will look at ways to promote protective factors in someone with depression to assist with their self-care.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile