Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

  • Course level: All Levels


Anxiety and depression are terms discussed widely, in different media and amongst family and friends. But what do those labels actually mean?

On this five-week course from the University of Reading, you will explore what it means to have anxiety or depression and how they are identified. The course will also demonstrate the leading evidence-based treatment–Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

It’s important to emphasise that this course is not intended to be a self-help treatment for anyone experiencing anxiety or depression, nor can it be used to formally diagnose yourself or anyone else.

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe the key signs and symptoms of depression and identify how a depressive disorder differs from simply feeling low or down
  • Describe how a depressive disorder is diagnosed and identify an appropriate assessment tool
  • Describe the key signs and symptoms of the most frequently occurring anxiety disorders and identify how anxiety disorders differ from simply feeling worried or nervous
  • Describe how anxiety disorders are diagnosed and identify an appropriate assessment tool
  • Identify the most common stereotypes surrounding anxiety and depression and evaluate them on the basis of current knowledge
  • Describe how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be delivered and identify the types of difficulties that it can help with
  • Summarise how what we know about perception (making sense of the world around us) can help us to understand the CBT approach better
  • Identify the key components of a Cognitive Behavioural approach to understanding anxiety and depression
  • Describe how specific kinds of behaviours and thought pattern can maintain difficulties in anxiety and depression and identify key CBT techniques which are used to address these in therapy