Nationwide, as well as worldwide, the incidence of diagnosed depression is growing rapidly. Effective management of this fast-growing phenomenon requires collaborative efforts between individuals affected by depression and numerous providers of mental health and health care services. The primary goals of this course are to increase readers’ understanding of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants used today and to explore strategies that support psychotherapy patients who are taking medication and that improve treatment outcomes. The content reviews the demographics of depression before discussing key considerations in assessing and diagnosing depression. The major classes of antidepressants are reviewed, with greater detail given to the two classes of antidepressants most commonly used in the United States. Also explored are controversial issues related to the use of antidepressants, in addition to strategies for enhancing the therapeutic process for depressed clients who are taking medication. To complete this course, participants read online content that incorporates web-based short video clips, case vignettes, and resources before passing the online posttest with a score of 80% or better and printing a certificate of completion.
This course is designed for licensed social workers and behavioral health professionals working with patients who take or are considering taking antidepressant medications to help manage depression.
Upon completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify the demographics of depression in the United States.
- Identify the primary functions of neurotransmitters and how neurotransmitters influence the human brain and body.
- Identify key considerations and challenges in diagnosing depression.
- Identify the serious side effects of antidepressants and the impact of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising.
- Identify the major classes of antidepressants used in the United States.
- Identify strategies for supporting psychotherapy patients who choose to take antidepressant medication.