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This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Depression curriculum. Primary care providers encounter patients with depression every day in their practices. How can a busy practitioner make the important distinctions among these patients: who will respond, to what treatment; and who needs specialty care such as psychotherapy? This Expert Perspective will answer common questions relevant to the primary care treatment of depression and provide insight into the diagnosis and management of depression and its subtypes.


This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Depression curriculum. This case explores the history and management of a 35-year-old woman with recurrent depressions and brief phases of elevated mood which had previously been missed by past providers. Several clues are present in this case that suggest bipolarity in addition to episodes of depression. By attending to clues in her history and presentation, her primary care provider recognizes the need for a different treatment approach.


This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Depression curriculum. This case presents the history of a 68-year-old male with a distant history of depression who presents to his PCP with an episode of depression. This case will examine the sole use of monoamine agonist antidepressants and their potential to worsen manic-like symptoms of psychomotor excitation. The use of other dopamine blockers and/or lithium for the mixed depressive state and/or suicidality will also be discussed in order to appreciate the risk of suicide among individuals with mixed depression.

Each year in the US, up to 5 million individuals are the victims of elder abuse. Dr. XinQi Dong discusses the different types of elder abuse, how to recognize signs of abuse in elderly patients, how to assess their capacity for decision making, and what steps to take if you suspect abuse.


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This activity offers new insights on the complex topic of maternal depression during pregnancy. Dr. Frank discusses how to effectively treat pregnant and post-partum women with depression to reduce the risk of exposure to both the mother and the developing fetus or newborn.

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Depression is a common but complex condition, requiring accurate diagnosis, and targeted stepwise pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. In this session, learn the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for major depression, and how changes in DSM-5 affect the diagnosis and characterization of depressive disorders; how to apply simple, quick tools to screen for depression; and how to compare and contrast treatment modalities, including pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

In this activity, Dr. Stickgold will review the benefits that sleep confers on memory and simple procedural skills. He will discuss how sleep facilitates and stabilizes verbal memories, selective retention and integration of new information. Finally, he will discuss the effects of disruption of sleep or its components on memory processes and how this can contribute to mental health disorders.

Dr. Ballard will provide case examples on the presentation, assessment and management of depression and anxiety in adolescents in the general pediatric clinic. She will discuss screening tools and considerations for diagnosing depression and anxiety in youth who present with somatic symptoms. She will also discuss engaging adolescents and their families in discussions about mental health along with the AAP practice parameters for management of depression and anxiety, and a few major studies from the psychiatry literature, including TAOS, TORDIA, and CAMS.

We tend to think of advances in medicine as a new drug, laser, or surgical procedure, something high-tech and expensive. This presentation will discuss the power of comprehensive lifestyle changes, reviewing more than 30 years of research using high-tech, state-of-the-art measures to prove the power of low-tech, low-cost, and often ancient interventions. Also, the lecture will describe proven strategies for motivating people to make and maintain comprehensive lifestyle changes as well as how to personalize a way of eating and living based on an individual’s needs, genes, and preferences. Finally, the presentation will describe many of the health policy implications of comprehensive lifestyle changes as both medically effective and cost effective.

Dr. Wyatt will cover the most common sleep disorders seen in primary care settings. This includes obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, insufficient sleep syndrome, and shift work sleep disorder. For each, pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria and workup, treatment options, and long-term care will be discussed. He will also discuss the importance of collaborative treatment, where appropriate, with sleep disorders specialists to enhance patient care and outcomes.


This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Depression curriculum. Join expert faculty as they address your remaining questions and reinforce key learning points made throughout the ConnectED Learning series of activities on Depression: Resolving Clinical Complexities in Primary Care.