Prevention and Early Treatment of Depression Through the Life Course


Book co-edited by our MICARE director Claudia Miranda, and researcher Vania Martínez.

The book contains current research and evidence to understand the prevention and treatment of depression at different stages of life; presenting interventions that work from childhood to old age. This volume is part of the “Depression and Personality” series, which works with cutting-edge studies and knowledge on depression in dialogue with personality. The series is published in collaboration with the Millennium Institute for Research in Depression and Personality (MIDAP, Chile).

The book contains 2 chapters presenting studies conducted by MICARE researchers:

1. Preventive and Early Treatment of Depression in Older Adults.
Co-authored by Sandra Saldivia, Félix Cova, Carolina Inostroza, Joseph Aslan and our MICARE researcher Maryam Farhang.

The chapter addresses dementia as a major disorder of the elderly that, along with its costs, is expected to increase. The research addresses how its management and care is about psychoeducational aspects of caregivers, their training and counseling. Evidence supports cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based programs.

2. Depressive Disorders Among Family Caregivers of People Living with Dementia.
Co-authored by MICARE director Claudia Miranda-Castillo and our young researchers Thamara Tapia-Muñoz, Déborah Oliveira and Sebastián Sáez.

This chapter offers a broad perspective on various findings regarding the prevention of depression in older people. Consequences and risk factors are analyzed, its prevention is addressed together with its main characteristics in this specific age group, and the psychological and social preventive programs that are effective. In addition, the authors comment on the background and outline challenges for the future.

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