Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, new compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities - either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two - and meaningful personality change can be achieved as quickly as 30 days. The ability of someone to change their personality can have an impact on their lives. Numerous studies indicate that personality traits influence our relationships, career success, health outcomes, and even life expectancy. This presentation will review scientific evidence and practical strategies on how personality can change and impact outcomes.
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.
The faculty will discuss the initial evaluation and management of ADHD in children and adolescents. In this lecture, you will learn about the importance of evaluating for comorbid conditions—including anxiety, depression, learning disorders, and oppositional behavior—and how primary care providers can screen for them.
This presentation will hone in on the practical overlap between psychiatry and medicine in diagnosis and treatment. The speaker will cover (1) the interview, establishing rapport, and the efficient use of time; (2) major areas of psychiatric dysfunction and how they interact with other aspects of health; (3) differential diagnosis of anxiety, psychosis, depression, mood instability, and cognitive problems; (4) behavioral risk, especially suicide; and (5) pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments.
Many patients seen in primary care settings have experienced gender-based violence, such as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. National guidelines recommend screening women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence, yet health professionals often find it challenging to identify and then address the healthcare needs of violence survivors. This case-based discussion will describe the prevalence and health consequences of gender-based violence. You will learn best practice strategies for providing trauma-informed care in your own clinical practice.
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.
In this informative session, the speaker will help clinicians build better understandings with their patients and discuss how to make the office a more welcoming environment. Participants will walk away with culturally-informed and -sensitive approaches to counseling and an enhanced comprehension of the unique mental health problems faced by the LGBTQ population.
In this talk, participants will receive an overview of the various medications that can be used to treat mental distress. The speaker will review the history of psychopharmacology, beginning with the use of anxiety medications, then hypnotics. A history of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics will follow, and the speaker will end with a brief discussion of stimulants.
This talk will cover the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in a primary care setting, incorporating new diagnostic issues as a result of D5M-5.
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.
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.
This activity is part of the ConnectED Learning: Depression curriculum. Primary care providers encounter depressed patients every clinic day. How can a busy practitioner make the important distinctions among these patients: who will respond, to what treatment; and who needs specialty care (psychotherapy and/or medication management)? This session will present a model for recognizing subtypes, especially the mixed sub-type, with an emphasis on using this knowledge to direct management in order to improve outcomes and reduce iatrogenic risk.