Module A: Prevalence and Impact

CE Credits: 1.5


Depression has been a problem in society for centuries but, as this module shows, a thorough understanding of the illness is still developing. The module begins by looking at how different cultures and eras have treated depression—from a legitimate disease to a demonic influence or a character flaw—and how different stigmas today still hinder patients with depression. The module then explores how the mental illness affects its victims’ productivity, how it impacts overall global health, and how it plays into a risk for suicide. Finally, the module looks at how the DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is changing how the illness is classified for healthcare professionals.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review depression through the ages
» Describe societal views on depression
» Discuss the economic and societal impact of depression
» Describe the global burden of disease
» Review the relationship between depression and suicide
» Identify relevant changes in DSM-5

Advance your professional practice: By understanding the full scope of depression—and acknowledging how we, as case managers, may internalize certain stigmas about depression—we can address our own possible obstacles and treat our patients with better efficiency and an appropriate level of care.


Improve organizational performance: A high percentage of depression patients are never diagnosed or treated. If members of our transdisciplinary team can be more attuned to the signs of depression, we can diagnose it earlier and help patients and hospitals avoid the negative health outcomes and costs associated with untreated depression.