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This activity was developed to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with an understanding of the types of depression disorders, medications used in nursing interventions, and the possible side effects of these medications.


No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

STATEMENT OF NEEDDepression is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses. By some estimates, 5% of the general population suffers from major depression each year. Anti-depressant medications, in conjunction with other interventions, has revolutionized the care of this condition and brought new hope to many of those who suffer from serious depression. Because it is so common, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to become familiar with depression and the medications and nursing interventions used in treating it.

To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction/Disclosures section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online activity evaluation form.

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    CREDIT DESIGNATIONMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    This program will introduce the condition known as depression, and provides an overview of the current medications and nursing interventions for treating it. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Pathology of Depression
  • Interventions for Depression
  • Antidepressant Medications
  • The Intervention Process
  • Side Effects
  • Conclusion

    LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the types of depression, their signs and symptoms.
  • Explain the interventions used to treat the various forms of depression.
  • Name the most commonly used depression assessment tools.
  • Describe the major medications used in treating depression.
  • Explain the intervention process.
  • Describe the possible side effects of intervention medication.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. C.J. Davantis, MD, John Davidson, MD, Clifford, R. Elliot, R.PH, Kenneth D. Lundgren, Pharm.D, Hannah E. MacGregor, MD, Jan Moore, RN, Lucien C. Morin, MSN, MHNP, and Fred Raleigh, Pharm.D, served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed content validation reviews. Marguerite Voorhees RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSUREMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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