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Major Depressive Disorder And Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder are psychiatric conditions with primary symptoms that often overlap. The treatment of each condition is often similar. Medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle changes are typically recommended as part of the patient treatment plan. Although often diagnosed as separate conditions, major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder often co-occur, and thoughtful consideration by psychiatric and primary care providers and nurses of selective treatment strategies to target primary symptoms will support patient compliance, progress and remission.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Epidemiology Of Major Depressive Disorder
  3. Diagnostic Criteria For Major Depressive Disorder
  4. Screening For Depression
  5. Clinical Course Of Major Depressive Disorder And Consequences Of The Disease
  6. Treatment For Major Depressive Disorder
    1. Antidepressant Medication
    2. Choosing an Antidepressant
    3. Discontinuing and Switching Antidepressants
    4. Other Treatments/Therapies for Major Depressive Disorder
    5. Success Rate of Antidepressants
    6. Psychotherapy For Major Depressive Disorder
  7. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  8. Etiology Of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  9. Screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  10. Clinical Course And Consequences Of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  11. Treatment For Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    1. Pharmacotherapy
    2. Psychotherapy
  12. Summary


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