Depression: Treating To Recovery- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Depression is a common medical illness with a lifetime prevalence of 15 to 20%. The disorder impacts people of all ages, from children to elders, and is more common among women than men. Depression can “look” very different in different individuals. While one depressed person may be anxious and agitated with many physical complaints, another may look slow, withdrawn, and apathetic. Effective treatments include antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The key to successful therapy is treating to full remission – which usually involves switching from one treatment to another and/or using combination therapy. What Can the Community Practitioner Do? Community practitioners play a central role in recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression. When depression is suspected or diagnosed, patients and families can be counseled about the need for effective treatment in order to improve health and prevent suicide. Sharing information about the safety of antidepressants is important. Patients may be afraid to fill their prescriptions due to fear of addiction or the recent FDA warnings on increased suicidality with antidepressants. “Stigma-busting” is essential, as many still view depression as a weakness that those afflicted should just “snap out of." This issue has the information you need to recommend optimal antidepressants, appropriate doses, and effective dosing strategies. Tables offer a quick summary of common side effects and important antidepressant drug interactions so you can help patients avoid adverse effects. The Patient Connection page answers the most common questions about antidepressants, and includes practical advice on sexual side effects.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 428-0000-08-008-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.