Recognizing and Managing Adolescent Depression

Pharmacy Tech CEU
Contact Hours: 3.0 (0.3 CEUs)

Course Summary

Adolescence is a turbulent phase of life. This course begins with a concise discussion of the developmental tasks of adolescence. Subsequently, it delves into the epidemiology of adolescent depression, providing an overview of its prevalence and impact. Finally, the course focuses on exploring diagnostic criteria, risk factors, common comorbidities, and evidence-based treatments associated with depression in this age group, utilizing a patient example for illustrative purposes.

Course Objectives

Recognize the signs and symptoms of adolescent depression, including high-risk adolescent patients

Understand the role of screening tools in the diagnosis and management of depression

Review evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment strategies for depression

Review the multifactorial role of counseling and patient education, with a focus on common misconceptions about depression

I. Introduction

II. The Challenges of Adolescent Growth and Development

A. Developmental Tasks of Adolescence in the Context of Medical Care
B. Adolescent Scenario # 1

III. The Scope of the Problem

IV. Diagnostic Criteria

A. DSM-5–TR Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
B. ICD-11 Depressive Disorder
C. Screening and Risk Factors
D. Adolescent Scenario # 2
E. Adolescent Scenario # 2, Continued

V. Differential Diagnosis and Comorbidity

A. Other Types of Depression
B. Comorbid Disorders of Mental Health
C. Medical Conditions and Medications
D. Adolescent Scenario # 2, Continued

VI. Evaluating Suicidal Risk

A. A Word About Firearms
B. Adolescent Scenario # 2, Continued

VII. Building and Maintaining a Therapeutic Alliance

A. Adolescent Scenario # 2, Continued
B. Symptom Severity and Functional Impairment
C. Adolescent Scenario # 2, Continued

VIII. Pharmacotherapy, Psychotherapy, Lifestyle Changes: How to Choose an Effective Treatment Plan

A. Pharmacotherapy
B. Psychotherapy
C. Lifestyle Changes

IX. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in developing this activity: Ellen Feldman, MD, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo was an employee of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals until March 2022 and has no conflicts of interest or relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of LLC. LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

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  • Operating System: Windows 7,8,10, or 11 /Mac OS X 10.9 or later/iOS/Android
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  • A connection to the internet
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  • Target Audience: Pharmacy Tech
  • Contact Hours: 3.0 (0.3 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 2/7/2024
  • Activity Expiration Date: 2/7/2027
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-24-012-H01-T
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-952983


Ellen Feldman, MD



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