Depression is a common mental health problem in older adults, significantly impacting well-being and quality of life. Age-related changes such as loss, illness, and increased awareness of mortality can be contributors to depression, but it is not a normal condition of aging. Depression may lead people to self-medicate, turning to alcohol or other drugs, and can also lead to suicide or thoughts of suicide. This course will teach you about depression and how to detect and treat it in older adults using currently accepted best practices.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Understanding Depression in the Older Adult Population
Depression and Major Depressive Disorder
Types of Depression
Subsyndromal Symptomatic Depression
Unspecified Depressive Disorder
Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder Due to another Medical or Mental Health Condition
Depression and Suicide
Section 3: Factors That May Cause or Contribute to Depression
Cause and Effect
An Imbalance in Brain Chemicals
The Mind-Body Connection
The Relationship Between Disability and Depression
The Role of Bereavement
Section 4: Diagnosing Depression
The Challenges of Identification
Screening: A Reliable Method of Identification
Depression vs. Dementia
Section 5: Current Accepted Best Practices and Treatment Options
The Best Approach
Types of Psychotherapy
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
The Role of Antidepressants
Types of Antidepressants
Pharmacological Treatment of MDD with Psychotic Features
Pain and Pain Management
Section 6: Conclusion
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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