Module B: Pathophysiology and Assessment

CE Credits: 1.75


Depression is a difficult illness to diagnose, given that its symptoms can be well hidden or even confused with other illnesses. This module begins by looking at some common triggers and signs of depression, and explores the ways that early detection can be accomplished through a variety of screenings or even lab workups. Finally, the module differentiates among different forms of depression, such as pregnancyrelated depressions and bipolar disorder.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Describe the etiology of depression
» Review the benefits of detection and early intervention
» Discuss the types of depression screening instruments and elements of a workup
» Identify changes in the DSM classification and types of depressive disorders
» Review premenstrual and pregnancy associated depressive disorders
» Describe the types of bipolar disorders

Advance your professional practice:: Depression patients are often under-diagnosed—as well as under-treated. When we as case managers can detect signs of depression in patients, we can help them access treatment that will improve both their health and quality of life.


Improve organizational performance: Because depression can complicate co-occurring illnesses—and co-occurring illnesses can complicate depression—depression can become a major cause of hospitalizations and healthcare costs for both the patient and a hospital. By understanding how to diagnose depression early, our team can help mitigate the effects of depression before they become severe.