Anxiety and Depression: Part 2

presented by Ruth Werner

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This is the second course in a two part series, following Anxiety and Depression Part 1. Psychiatric disorders are some of the most common health challenges that our clients face today. The impact of massage on mood and coping abilities turns out to be profound, so it is important to be well informed about these conditions. Part one of this two part series covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and role of massage for the following: depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma and stress-related disorders.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the International Fascia Research Society, and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She has written numerous articles for massage trade journals and several books on subjects ranging from ethics to pharmacology. Ruth Werner is the author of the textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, and writes a column for Massage and Bodywork Magazine called Pathology Perspectives.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Depression

    1. Depression

    In the first chapter of Part 2, Ruth Werner defines depression and identifies how many people are at risk. The participant will learn about the neurotransmitter imbalances associated with depression, with a special emphasis on serotonin/dopamine/norepinephrine issues and HPA axis dysfunction. Werner explores the contributing factors to depression, names the leading complications of depression, and lists six types of depression. The participant will learn to identify major symptoms of depression and describe typical depression treatment options. Werner will teach the participant to predict the risks of working with a client who has depression, define the benefits of massage therapy for a client who has depression, and define sensible accommodations for a client who has depression.

  2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    Ruth Werner defines OCD and associated disorders, and explains why these are no longer considered a subtype of anxiety disorder. The participant will learn the main symptoms of five types of OCD and related disorders, and explore typical OCD treatment options. Werner will teach the participant to predict the risks of working with a client that has OCD, describe the benefits of massage therapy for a client who has OCD, and identify sensible accommodations for a client who has OCD.

  3. Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders

    3. Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders

    This chapter defines trauma and stressor related disorders and explains why DSM-5 no longer calls these anxiety disorder subtypes. Ruth Werner provides an alternative name for PTSD and identifies some variables that determine how severe TSRD might be. The participant will determine five types of TSRD and list four groups of symptoms for TSRD patients. Werner will instruct the participant to predict the risks of working with a client who has trauma and stressor related disorders, describe the benefits of massage therapy for a client who has trauma and stressor related disorders, and define sensible accommodations for a client who has trauma and stressor related disorders.