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Activity Dates: 04/29/2012 - 04/29/2015

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Session Summary

The controversies surrounding the use of antidepressants in the treatment of depressive disorders have rocked the world of psychiatry. From black box warnings to heated debates about efficacy in leading medical journals, this topic is sure to be timely and thought provoking. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH will present Making Sense of Antidepressants: An Evidence-Based Approach to the Controversies on Sunday. Dr. Ghaemi is a world renowned leader in the treatment of mood disorders and author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness. After his presentation, you will have the chance to meet with Dr. Ghaemi and purchase a signed copy of this provocative book! Right now you can watch an interview with Dr. Ghaemi on The Colbert Report.


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 session was presented live at the 2012 CPNP Annual Meeting. A PDF file of the slides and audio of the speaker’s presentation is provided. ACPE transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org and the credit will be automatically submitted to your account at CPE Monitor shortly after the evaluation is completed.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluate the efficacy of antidepressant therapy in mild, moderate and severe major depressive disorder.
  2. Examine the role of monotherapy , comedication or augmentation strategies in the treatment of depressive disorders.
  3. Appraise response to pharmacotherapy and adequacy of treatment in patients with depressive disorders.
  4. Contrast current controversies in the use of antidepressants in depressive disorders (e.g., use in acute bipolar depression, suicidality, efficacy).

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/29/2012 - 04/29/2015
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-9999-12-002-H01-P (Application)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPE Credit

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


CME Credit

Sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the Joint sponsorship of The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. ACCME credit is no longer available for this course.

Nursing Credit

ACPE and ACCME approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (as quoted on the ANCC website):  “Other health disciplines' continuing education hours may be used if the content is applicable to your area of certification. ACPE and ACCME are specifically listed as approved credit types.

Grant Support

Annual Meeting Grant Supporter

BCPP Recertification Grant Supporter