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Monday, August 17, 2015
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Depression Evades the Clinical Eye

"The behavioral indicators of mental illness can easily evade the clinical eye of transdisciplinary teams in health care settings. While pathophysiology is often the priority, the manifestations of depression impact a patient's illness course and recovery. The comprehensive attention to the prevalence, impact and treatments combined with an awareness of the role of the CM with this population is essential knowledge for today's high performing case management professional."

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education, Athena Forum

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Need for Depression Research

Research is vital to advancing our understanding of mental illness and, eventually, finding a cure. Research is the ultimate source of hope for people living with mental illness and their families.

Research is also imperative if we are to understand early intervention strategies as well as all we can about the mental illness continuum including:

  • Medication side-effects
  • Nutrition
  • Recovery
  • Other treatment interventions
  • Influence of genetics

A recent study looks promising for identifying a blood test to diagnose depression.

[Depression, Module E, CM Role] www.athenaforum.com


Depression Rises with Onset of Adolescence

Early detection, intervention, and appropriate treatment can:

  • Promote remission
  • Prevent relapse
  • Reduce the emotional and financial burden of the disease

Depression rates in both women and men are highest in those who are 25 to 44 years of age, major depression is also prevalent in both the young and old, but presentations may be irritability or physical complaints. Collateral information from family members will assist in assessing behavioral indicators.

Major depressive disorder (MDD) remains relatively uncommon in preadolescents but the prevalence rises dramatically with the onset of adolescence.

To detect depression, physicians need to have a high index of suspicion based on known risk factors and ask depression screening questions for patients presenting with other concerns.

[Depression, Module B, Pathophysiology] www.athenaforum.com

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