What you'll learn

  • Describe the use of clinical interviews to identify subcategories of major depression and prescribe appropriate treatment plans involving medication and psychotherapy
  • Identify effective treatments for cardiac patients with MDD
  • Describe the diagnosis of major depression in head-injured patients
  • Identify epidemiologic data on prevalence of psychiatric illness in medically ill patients to integrate into clinical practice
  • Identify risk factors that place patients at high risk for suicidal behavior
  • Differentiate between psychopharmacology or psychotherapy as the most optimal initial treatment strategy for depressed patients

Course description

This HMS CME Online course is targeted to primary care and specialty physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

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Course outline

  • Assessment and Treatment of Major Depressive Disorders is organized as follows:

    Topic 1: Emerging Issues in Psychopharmacologic and Somatic Treatment of Depression
    Introduction
    Emerging Issues in Depression
    Contributing Factors for Treatment-Resistant Depression
    Bipolar Disorder
    Knowledge Check 01
    Addressing Treatment-Resistant Depression
    Knowledge Check 02
    Significant Studies
    Topic 1 Summary
    Knowledge Check 03

    Recent Developments to Topic 1
    Medication Management of TRD
    Ketamine Treatment
    Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
    Summary of Recent Developments

    Topic 2: Depression in Patients with Medical Illness
    Introduction
    Depression in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease
    Knowledge Check 04
    Depression Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury
    Significant Studies
    Knowledge Check 05
    Significant Studies
    Knowledge Check 06
    Topic 2 Summary

    Recent Developments to Topic 2
    Cardiovascular Disease and Depression
    Psychiatric Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury
    Thyroid Disease
    Summary of Recent Developments

    Topic 3: Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention
    Introduction
    Knowledge Check 07
    Significant Studies
    Knowledge Check 08
    Topic 3 Summary

    Recent Developments to Topic 3
    Suicide Prevalence and Treatment
    Antidepressants and Risk of Suicidal Behavior
    Treatment of Suicidal Behavior
    Summary of Recent Developments

    CME Certificate
    CME Posttest
    Course Evaluation

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Medical School

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