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Michael Cofield, PhD, is a psychologist at Banner Arizona Medical Clinic and practices at Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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Depression Video - Full Transcript

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image: Michael Cofield, MD, speaks on-camera throughout the video.

Text: Dr. Michael Cofield, Psychologist - Banner Arizona Medical Clinic

Audio: “Hi. I’m Dr. Michael Cofield, a psychologist with Banner Arizona Medical Clinic.”

Image: Dispirited woman

Text: DEPRESSION: Affects Mind & Body

Audio: “Depression is a mood disorder affecting both mind and body. It has specific signs and symptoms…”

Text: Not a part of normal healthy aging

Audio: “…and is not a part of normal, healthy aging.”

Image: A couple walking, holding hands, both smiling.

Text: Untreated, Lower the quality of life

Audio: “Left untreated, depression can significantly lower the quality of a person’s life.”

Text: Good news…

Audio: “The good news is...”

Text: Treatable & Preventable

Audio: “…that depression is treatable and may even be preventable.”

Image: Silhouetted image of a senior wearing a hat and using a cane while walking outside.

Text: Does not look the same

Audio: “Depression doesn’t always look the same in older adults as it does in other age groups though.”

Text: Common Symptoms: Decline in some physical abilities, General sense of malaise, Worsening of pain and fatigue

Audio: “There are several kinds of symptoms that are more common. These can include decline in some physical abilities, a general sense of malaise, and a worsening of pain and fatigue.”

Text: Other Symptoms: Sadness, Loss of interest in life, Reduced pleasure, Helplessness/hopelessness, Anxiety, Memory loss, Poor attention span, Social withdrawal, Increased irritability

Audio: “Other symptoms can include sadness, loss of interest in life, reduced pleasure, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, anxiety, memory loss, poor attention span, social withdrawal and increased irritability.”

Image: Sepia-toned close-up of a person’s head in their hands.
Text: At Its Worst

Audio: “At its worst, depression can lead to…”

Text: Suicidal Thoughts or Behaviors

Audio: “…suicidal thoughts or behaviors.”

Image: Close-up of a senior male with his hand cupped to the side of his face

Text: Highest Risk: Older White Males, Socially isolated, Recent loss, Alcohol problem

Audio: “In fact, older white males who are socially isolated, who have experienced a recent loss and may have an alcohol problem, are at the highest risk.”

Image: Dispensing pills from bottle into hand.

Text: Treatment

Audio: “Treatment for serious depression involves both medication and therapy. There are many good medications on the market to treat depression.”

Image: A group of patients participating in an arm exercise while seated.

Text: Treatment

Audio: “Effective psychotherapy can be done in an individual or group setting, and involves changing behaviors, challenging self-defeating thinking, solving problems and the like.”

Image: A male appears to be thinking while leaning chin into clasped hands

Text: Less Serious Cases

Audio: “For less serious cases, either psychotherapy or medication alone can be effective.”

Image: A smiling woman.

Text: Take Care of Physical & Spiritual Needs

Audio: “Research has shown that taking care of your physical and spiritual needs can be beneficial as well.”

Image: Close-up of a male with his head resting in his hand.

Text: If You or Someone You Know Is Depressed…Seek Professional Attention

Audio: “If you or someone you know is depressed, seek professional attention.”

Text: For more health information from Banner Health experts
Please Visit or call Banner Health’s Physician Referral & Resource Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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Page Last Modified: 02/06/2012
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