Depression Treatment: More Ups than Downs- Pharmacist


  Credits  2

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Depression (major depressive disorder or MDD) is a common medical illness with a 12 month prevalence of 5 – 7% and a lifetime prevalence of 13 – 17%. Depression is more common in women than men and impacts people of all ages, from children to elders. The clinical presentation is highly variable. One depressed person may be anxious and agitated, with many physical complaints whereas another may look slow, withdrawn and apathetic. Depression is at least twice as likely in those with other chronic medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Having depression increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Untreated depression can lead to low academic achievement, unemployment, loss of relationships, declining physical health and suicide. The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) practice guideline states that psychotherapy, antidepressant medication, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are all effective. However, there has been debate in the literature about whether antidepressants are overused and ineffective, particularly for milder cases of MDD and in elders with dementia. This issue addresses each of these concerns.


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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 : 0428-0000-12-006-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.