Depression and Suicide: Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Treatment - CMA60016

Depression and Suicide: Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Treatment

by Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNE and Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC
(4.6 / 454 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Based on national health surveys, one out of 20 Americans older than age 12 report experiencing depression within the past year. There is concern about the rising incidence of depression and suicide among adults ages 24 to 59. The World Health Organization states depression is third in the global burden of disease and projects that by 2030 it will be first. In the U.S., 42,773 people died by suicide in 2014. The number of suicide attempts — 25 times higher than actual suicides — is of grave concern. Early detection, assessment, and effective intervention are vital in caring for patients with medical illnesses who may also be suffering from depression. Patients with medical illness are at risk for depression, and depression may be complicating treatment and the ability to recuperate effectively. Underdiagnosed and undertreated depression may be taking an enormous toll on the resources of the patient and the family.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help the certified medical assistant to recognize depression and to identify supportive measures to help patients and their loved ones reduce the risk of suicide. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the association between chronic medical conditions and the risk of depression and suicide
  • List three factors that make patients vulnerable to suicide
  • Differentiate among suicide attempts, gestures, threats, and ideation, and identify three risk factors for suicide
  • Distinguish between mood and affect as they relate to the assessment for depression
  • List two core symptoms of major depression
  • Identify the difference between mood changes due to grief and those due to depression
  • Describe the provider’s role in supporting patients with depression
  • Describe the ability of healthcare professionals to recognize and treat depression
  • Explain the function of psychotherapy in the treatment of depression
  • Identify one method healthcare professionals may use to examine personal attitudes about the stigma of depression and suicide
  • Describe two patient self-care treatment plan components
  • Identify two family education and support needs regarding depression

Approval Information
This course is intended for certified medical assistants
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 clinical and general continuing education unit(s) (approval #134750 for 12/1/18 to 11/30/19). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 2/7/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/7/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Angela P - HAMPTON, VA  ·  Oct 11, 2019
very good information but a lot to take in for one course.
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Sarah S - Long Beach, CA  ·  Oct 09, 2019
great information, learned a lot
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Lisa J - Loveland, CO  ·  Oct 08, 2019
interesting and informative information
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Rocio G - Gardena, CA  ·  Oct 06, 2019
great and useful information
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Deanna D - rathdrum, ID  ·  Oct 03, 2019
Very informative course
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Price: $10.00
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