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Program Detail

Release Date: June-01-16
Credit Expiration Date: June-01-18


Susie Adams, PhD, RN, PMHNP, FAANP, FAAN
Professor of Nursing
Immediate Past-President, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Nashville, TN


Credit Hours

1.0 contact hour of continuing education (which includes 0.50 hour of pharmacology)


Online Presentation

Program Description

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders diagnosed in the United States, with an estimated 16% of US adults experiencing MDD at some point during their lifetimes. According to the American Medical Association, chronic depression is often untreated and, on average, patients with depression receive the recommended quality of care only 58% of the time. The goal of this activity is to expand knowledge, skills, and competency among nurse practitioners (NPs) in diagnosing and selecting optimal individualized therapy for adults with MDD, ultimately helping to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Program Developer/Facilitator

Developed by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in cooperation with
MCM Education

Target Audience

This program was developed for nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Summarize guideline changes in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, that impact the diagnosis and assessment of MDD.
  2. Assess the severity and risks of depression at the time of diagnosis.
  3. Summarize current evidence for efficacy and safety of new therapies recently approved for the treatment of depression.
  4. Develop customized treatment regimens for adults with depression, considering medication efficacy and safety, drug interactions, dosing options, and patient comorbidities.
  5. Explain the benefits of using rating scales to assess patient response to depression treatment and medication side effects.


Dr. Adams has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Credit Statements

This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education (which includes 0.50 hour of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 16052200.

This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Commercial Support Statements

This program is supported through an educational grant from Actavis.



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The opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, or Actavis.

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