Depression and Suicide: Risk Factors, Diagnosis and Treatment - CMA60016G

Depression and Suicide: Risk Factors, Diagnosis and Treatment

by Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNE
(4.6 / 54 ratings )

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

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


16.2 million adults reported depression episodes in 2016. The prevalence of depression was highest among adults ages 18 to 25 years. Among adolescents, 12.8% of the population ages 12 to 17 report at least one major depressive episode. In the United States, 40,000 people die by suicide on a yearly basis. Worldwide, 800,000 people die by suicide each year and many more attempt it. Suicide is the 17th leading cause of death worldwide and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. 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 both the patient and the family.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, pharmacists, physicians, and social workers 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.
  • 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 clinician’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.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, medical assistants, pharmacists, physicians and social workers.
Certififed Medical assistants: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
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 #137914 for 4/26/2020 to 4/25/2021). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 9/1/2000
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/26/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/26/2022

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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Terri S - Burnsville , MN  ·  May 26, 2020
I learned a great deal from this one
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Jennifer R - Clayton, NC  ·  May 22, 2020
it was a good course, I learned a lot
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Michelle F - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  May 21, 2020
great article to read
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Stevie D - tallahassee, FL  ·  May 20, 2020
this course took longer then 1 hour. I will recommend to others.
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Rosa C - Stockton, CA  ·  May 18, 2020
questions do not match course
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