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Activity Dates: 05/03/2011 - 05/03/2014

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Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients, we invite you to participate in this online course.

Session Summary

Severe mood dysregulation (SMD) is a relatively common childhood syndrome characterized by three features: chronic anger and irritability, recurrent explosive outbursts, and the non-specific hyperarousal symptoms from the “B criteria” for mania including insomnia, agitation, distractibility, pressured speech, racing thoughts, and intrusiveness. Initially, SMD was proposed as an attempt to operationalize a definition of the “broad phenotype” of pediatric bipolar disorder (BD).  In an effort to test the assumption that SMD is a developmental form of BD, we examined the clinical course, family history, and neurobiology of individuals with SMD and compared them to pediatric patients with strictly defined DSM-IV BD. Current evidence to guide the pharmacologic treatment of SMD is extremely limited. Patients with SMD may benefit from targeting symptoms or features such as depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but more research is needed on pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (60%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 60% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the clinical manifestations of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (BPD) & Severe Mood Dysregulation (SMD).
  2. Outline the evidence for considering SMD and BPD as separate entities: course, family history, and pathophysiology.
  3. Describe treatment considerations, including pharmacological approaches, for patients with BPD & SMD.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 05/03/2011 - 05/03/2014
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-11-014-H04-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0999-11-014-H04-P (1.0 contact hours).

ACPE approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (see pages 5 and 6): At least 50% (37.5 hours) of your 75 continuing education hours must be formally approved continuing education hours. Formally approved continuing education hours meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  1. Continuing nursing education (CNE) approved for nursing contact hours by an accredited provider or approver of nursing continuing education
  2. Continuing medical education (CME) approved for CME hours
  3. Sponsored by organizations, agencies, or educational institutions accredited or approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Grant Support

This programming was supported in part by grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cyberonics, Merk and Sunovion.

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