This timely text draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the multidimensional risk and protective factors for eight challenges of living frequently encountered by social workers. The authors provide a working model for social workers to integrate the most up-to-date evidence about challenges of living they face in their daily practice. Using a multidimensional biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, the book examines etiology, course, and intervention strategies related to these eight challenges of living.

Major Depression

Major depression
Marcia P.Harrigan, Virginia Commonwealth University

David Loefeler reports that he has been unable to hold down a steady job, primarily because he struggles with depression and anxiety issues. He also mentioned that he struggles with the side effects of the many different psychotropic medications he has tried. In contrast, the story of Kim Tran does not make specific reference to major depression, but there is reference to a pervasive “deep sadness that runs through the family”leaving the reader to be more speculative. Regardless of the work setting or service delivery system, social workers will encounter depression. Knowledge about depression is essential, because this life challenge often interferes with all dimensions of functioning. Social workers must be aware that major depression may not be ...

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