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Recent Advances in the Assessment of Depression

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Premiere Date: Friday, January 15, 2016

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)
  2. Pharmacists (ACPE)
  3. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

Credit Expiration Date:
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Alan F. Schatzberg, MDAlan F. Schatzberg, MD 
Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhDCharles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD 
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences
Director, Institute of Early Life Adversity Research
Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Statement of Need

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common condition with a high rate of recurrence, chronicity, staggering economic burden, and the highest estimates of disability in people of working age.1 The disability and disease burden is often attributable to the fact that a significant portion of patients with MDD will not achieve remission with initial treatment.2 Despite these challenges, MDD can be effectively managed, particularly when the clinician and patient mutually define what remission means to the patient and work together towards achieving sustained remission. Recent advances in psychopharmacotherapy have given patients with MDD new hope and clinicians new options. Novel and emerging therapies have demonstrated improved remission with new receptor targets, adjunctive therapies, and new approaches to treatment. The goal for the treatment of MDD is sustained symptom remission with total functional recovery.

This neuroscienceCME Snack on MDD featuring expert faculty offers new perspectives on treating this pervasive disorder and highlights residual symptoms as a challenge to clinicians.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. Mental health basics. CDC Website. Updated July 2013. Accessed December 21, 2015.
  2. Rush AJ, Trivedi MH, Wisniewski SR, et al. Acute and longer -term outcomes in depressed outpatients requiring one or several treatment steps: a STAR*D report. Am J Psychiatry. 2006;163(11):1905-1917.PMID: 17074942.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Engage the patient to develop a treatment strategy that addresses the cognitive and residual symptoms of depression.
  • Routinely administer symptom assessment tools with patients with MDD to monitor clinical change over time.
  • Initiate a treatment plan that includes the latest pharmacotherapeutic options for the treatment of MDD.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Allergan, Inc.

Target Audience

Physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals with an interest in mood disorders.

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
ACPE CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. .5 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)
Universal Activity Number: 0376-0000-15-004-L01-P (live programs)
0376-0000-16-013-H01-P (recorded programs)
Activity Type: knowledge-based

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Disclosure Declaration

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Dr. Schatzberg has disclosed that he received grants/research support from the Pritzker Foundation. He serves as a consultant to Lundbeck/Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; Myriad Genetics, Inc.; Naurex Inc.; Neuronetics Inc.; One Carbon; and Pfizer Inc. He is a stockholder in Amnestix, Inc.; Cervel Neurotech, Inc.; Corcept Therapeutics; Merck & Co., Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Xhale, Inc. Other financial interests include American Psychiatric Association (Royalties) and Stanford University (Royalties).

Dr. Nemeroff has disclosed that he receives grants/research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He serves as a consultant to Bracket (Clintara); Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. (GLG) Healthcare & Biomedical Council; Lundbeck; Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Development America; Prismic Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Taisho Pharmaceutical Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.; Total Pain Solutions (TPS); and Xhale, Inc. He serves on the scientific advisory boards of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP); Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA); Bracket (Clintara);Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) (formerly National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression [NARSAD]); Clintara; RiverMend Health, LLC; Skyland Trail; and Xhale, Inc. He serves on the board of directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP); Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA); and GratitudeAmerica, Inc. He is a stockholder of AbbVie Inc,; Bracket (Clintara); Celgene Corporation; COPKO Health, Inc.; Seattle Genetics, Inc.; Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Xhale, Inc. His other financial income sources or equity of $10,000 or more include American Psychiatric Publishing; Bracket (Clintara); CME Outfitters, LLC; Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.; Xhale, Inc. Dr. Nemeroff has patients for method and devices for transdermal delivery of lithium (US 6,375,990B1); method of assessing antidepressant drug therapy via transport inhibition of monoamine neurotransmitters by ex vivo assay (US 7,148,027B2).

Tony Graham, MD (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Robert Kennedy (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff, CCMEP (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

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