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Towards a Better Understanding of Cognitive Disturbances in Depressed Psychiatric Patients

  • Authors: Dan Iosifescu, MD
  • CME Released: 1/14/2016
  • Valid for credit through: 1/14/2017, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity was developed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who care for patients with psychiatric illnesses.

This program highlights the latest advances in diagnostic and therapeutic issues in patients with depression. This will include reasons for missed diagnosis, changes in DSM-5, and comorbidities. The latest advances in treating all phases of the illness, including treatment-resistant patients, non-pharmacological therapies, side effects of psychotropics, and strategies to make patients active collaborators in their care, will be discussed.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence base for the treatment of patients with major depression, including cognitive disturbances.
  2. Individualize treatment choices, giving consideration to efficacy, safety, long-term data, and unique patient characteristics.
  3. Formulate appropriate treatment regimens considering the emergence of new investigative agents.
  4. Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.


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CME/CE Provider Disclaimer & Disclosures:

  • Dan Iosifescu, MD (Panelist)

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, New York


    Disclosure: Dan Iosifescu, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as a consultant for: Avanir, Axsome, CNS Response, INSYS Therapeutics, Lundbeck, Otsuka, Servier, Sunovion
    Received speaker honoraria from: Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatry Academy, Medscape, Global Medical Education
    Received research support from: (through Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) Alkermes, Astra Zeneca, Brainsway, Euthymics, Neosync, Roche, Shire

Additional Planners/Reviewers affiliation and disclosure statements:

The following Global Medical Education (GME) planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

Prakash Masand, MD (Chair)

Chairman and CEO, Global Medical Education (GME), New York, New York

Disclosure: Prakash Masand, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Served as a consultant for: Forest, Lundbeck, Merck, Pamlab, Pfizer, Sunovion, Takeda
Served as a member of a speakers bureau for: Forest, GlaxoSmithKline, Lundbeck, Merck, Pamlab, Pfizer, Sunovion, Takeda
Received research support from: Forest

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    For Physicians

  • Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Global Medical Education.

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Towards a Better Understanding of Cognitive Disturbances in Depressed Psychiatric Patients

Authors: Dan Iosifescu, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME Released: 1/14/2016

Valid for credit through: 1/14/2017, 11:59 PM EST


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