The live presentation will take place on March 26, 2020, 3:00-4:00pm ET.
Advance registration is encouraged. Registrants will receive an event reminder by email one day prior to the webinar.
People who experience a major depressive episode have at least a 50% chance of having one more episode during their lifetime. If they have had three or more episodes, then they have a 90% chance of another episode. Fortunately, maintenance treatment with antidepressants can lower the risk substantially and have been found superior to placebo substitution in almost all of the long-term studies. Nevertheless, questions remain: should one take an antidepressant forever? What are the risks of long-term antidepressant treatment? Can people take drug holidays (periods of time without antidepressants)? If someone had a difficult to treat depression which responded to a combination of an antidepressant and antipsychotic, should they continue to take both medications? What happens if someone is taking long-term antidepressant treatment and then they have another depressive episode? What is the role of psychotherapy in preventing another episode? Can people stop their medication if psychotherapy seems to work? This webinar will address these questions and review the data so that participants can make informed decisions about long-term antidepressant treatment.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- Assess the risk of recurrent major depressive episodes.
- Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of long-term antidepressant treatment.
- Describe the strengths and weaknesses of psychotherapy alone to prevent recurrent depressive episodes.
Pharmacist, Psychiatrist, Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: March 26, 2020
Program End Date: March 26, 2020
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by attending the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physician) or certificate of participation (non-physician) showing the event date and hours earned.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Andrew Nierenberg, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital. Disclosures - Consultant: Alkermes, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Sage Pharmaceuticals, Otsuka, Neuronetics, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Esai, Myriad; Grant/Research: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, AHRQ, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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