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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) classifies the depressive disorders into Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder; Major depressive disorder; Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia); Premenstrual dysphoric disorder; and Depressive disorder due to another medical condition. The common features of all the depressive disorders are sadness, emptiness, or irritable mood, accompanied by somatic and cognitive changes that significantly affect the individual’s capacity to function. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of depression and the role of interprofessional team members in collaborating to provide well-coordinated care and enhance patient outcomes.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Review the risk factors for depression.
  • Describe DSM V criteria for the diagnosis of depression.
  • Summarize the treatment of depression.
  • Outline the evaluation and management of depression and the role of interprofessional team members in collaborating to provide well-coordinated care and enhance patient outcomes.


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ECT is rarely talked about in society (thanks to one movie many years ago). It has a > 90% success rate and probably stimulates BDNF, which is also increased by exercise. There is also magnetic stimulation therapy that targets impulses at the prefrontal cortex area, can be done daily, and requires no sedation or anesthesia. I don't know of any clinical trials or whether insurance covers it now. I learned about it in 2012 from a psychiatrist in Atlanta.

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