Bipolar/Related Disorders and Depressive Disorders in Adolescents - PSY20

Bipolar/Related Disorders and Depressive Disorders in Adolescents

by Linda L. Openshaw, DSW, LCSW and Martha W. Nye, MSSW, LCSW and Asma Attilli, BSW
(4.3 / 166 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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

Approval Information
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.
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.
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

Course Originally Released on: 1/17/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/17/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/17/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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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Tifford T - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Jan 14, 2019
Very informative and precise. Abundant in information.
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LAURYN N - Wesely Chapel, FL  ·  Jan 14, 2019
The title was misleading and did not really focus on adolescents. It provided a good overview of the different mood disorders but did not really go a lot into the nuisances of mood disorders in adolescents. It did not provide much information above what I already knew as a practicing psychologist
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Shannon H - Baton Rouge, LA  ·  Jan 08, 2019
This was a great informative course.
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Teri G - San Diego, CA  ·  Dec 20, 2018
easy to navigate, and to understand
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Sandra G - Southfield, MI  ·  Nov 19, 2018
Very informative information that will aid in making diagnoses and formulating treatment plans.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50