Diagnosing & Managing Depressive Episodes in the DSM-5 Era


Diagnosing & Managing Depressive Episodes in the DSM-5 Era

Topic: Psychiatry
Relevant Terms: Major depressive disorder, unipolar depression, bipolar disorder
Primary Audience: Psychiatrists
Launch Date: 30-Nov-15
Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: Diagnosing & Managing Depressive Episodes in the DSM-5 Era

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Integrate mechanisms for distinguishing unipolar and bipolar depression into the diagnosis of patients with depressive symptoms, including with the mixed features specifier
  2. Incorporate appropriate use of current evidence-based treatments for depression with manic and hypomanic symptoms, taking into account data that support their use, efficacy, and safety
  3. Translate the available evidence for the appropriate management of the different types of depression into clinical practice


    Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC
    Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
    University of Toronto
    Head, Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit
    University Health Network
    Toronto, Canada
    Accreditation Statement
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RMEI, LLC. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    Credit Designation
    The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
    The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
    • Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, has affiliations with Allergan, AstraZeneca (AZ), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Lundbeck, Merck, Otsuka, Pfizer, Sunovion, Takeda (Advisory Boards); AZ, Eli Lilly, Janssen-Ortho, Lundbeck, Merck, Pfizer (Speakers’ Bureau); AZ, Eli Lilly, Janssen-Ortho, Lundbeck, Pfizer, Shire (Research).
    • Jacqui Brooks, MBBCh, MRCPsych, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
    • Boris Rozenfeld, MD, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
    • Sherri Kramer, MD, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
    • Amy Reeve has no affiliations with commercial interests relative to the content to disclose.
    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
    The following PIM planners and managers, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.
    Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
    This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 
    The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
    Estimated time to complete: 1.0 hour
    Medium: Internet

    There is no fee for this educational activity.

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Sunovion.

    By reviewing the course content and successfully completing the post-test and evaluation, physicians are entitled to receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. A statement of credit will be available to print from your user history page. Users must:
    • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
    • Participate in the activity.
    • Complete the activity evaluation.
    Physicians who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive CME credit. You must score 75% or higher on the self-assessment to receive credit for this activity. All other participants who successfully complete the self-assessment and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.
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