Major depressive disorder is characterized by recurrent depressive episodes that are not induced by chemical substances and are unrelated to any general medical condition. Bipolar disorder includes severe mood episodes that alternate with episodes of depression and manic phases, and is characterized by extreme affective dysregulation. Given the nature of mood disorders and the prevalence of additional disorders (comorbidities), management should begin with a full assessment by an adolescent psychiatrist or other mental health professional to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for mood disorders should be a combination of individual psychotherapy and group and family therapy, as well as pharmacological treatment.
The goal of this bipolar and depressive disorders continuing education program is to provide social workers and psychologists information about the definitions and treatment protocol for bipolar and depressive disorders in adolescents. After completing this program, the mental health professional should be able to:
- Discuss the best treatment protocol for bipolar and depressive disorders
- Identify the different types of symptoms and their duration for the various types of bipolar and depressive disorders
- Describe the most effective treatment tool for a particular type of bipolar and depressive disorder in adolescents
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including social workers and psychologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Intermediate
Target audience: Psychologists
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