Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, August 8, 2016
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Announcing New Depression Course

Athena Forum is pleased to announce the publication of a new Depression Course, now available. The new course now includes six modules:

  • Prevalence and Impact of Depression
  • Pathophysiology of Depression
  • Non-Pharma Treatment of Depression
  • Pharmacological Treatment of Depression
  • Access and Barriers to Care
  • Transdisciplinary Care

Read on for excerpts from the new course.


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Depression and Changes to DSM-5

In this Monday Memo we are highlighting changes in DSM-5 associated with suicide and bereavement.

DSM-5 Guidance on Suicide

Given that suicidality represents a critical concern in psychiatry, the clinician is given guidance on assessment of suicidal thinking, plans, and the presence of other risk factors in order to make a determination of the prominence of suicide prevention in treatment planning for a given individual.

[Depression, Module A, Prevalence and Impact]

Bereavement Can Precipitate Major Depression

The DSM-5 changes related to bereavement find the removal of the 2 month exclusion criteria for diagnosis for a Major Depressive Episode. This removal of the bereavement exclusion was made for several important reasons:

  • To remove the implication that bereavement typically lasts only 2 months.
  • Bereavement is recognized as a severe psychosocial stressor that can precipitate a major depressive episode
  • Bereavement-related major depression is most likely to occur in individuals with past personal and family histories of major depressive episodes
  • The depressive symptoms associated with bereavement-related depression respond to the same psychosocial and medication treatments as non-bereavement-related depression
  • In the criteria for major depressive disorder, a detailed footnote has replaced the more simplistic DSM-IV exclusion to aid clinicians in making the critical distinction between the symptoms characteristic of bereavement and those of a major depressive episode

[Depression, Module A, Prevalence and Impact]

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