Module D: Pharmacologic Treatment of Depression

CE Credits: 1.25


The use of medication in the treatment of depression has increased steadily over the years—by 2010, one in five adults was reportedly taking at least one psychotropic medication. This module explores the landscape for the use of such medications, and details how CMs and other team members must work together to help patients manage this form of treatment, while lowering the chances of medication-related complications. The module details the different types of antidepressant medications (the most popular being selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs), and how they can affect different populations (such as adolescents or the elderly) differently. The module also explores the sometimes problematic use of complementary, alternative and integrative health (CAIH) therapies.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Describe the use of pharmacotherapy in the treatment and management of depression
» Discuss the role of the clinical pharmacist and the importance of medication management
» Review the use of antidepressants in special populations
» Discuss types of antidepressant medications
» Review the use of complementary, alternative and integrative health therapies

Advance your professional practice:: Antidepressant medications can offer help but also challenges for depression patients. As case managers, we can provide a vital link between patients and other transdisciplinary team members as we help patients understand their options and which treatment might work best for them.


Improve organizational performance: The use of antidepressants can cause a variety of complications for depression patients, including interactions with their other medications. To minimize the chances of negative outcomes and even hospitalizations, our team needs to have a solid understanding of antidepressants and their possible complications.