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Goals and Learning Outcomes

The combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy has been found most effective in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). This course will focus on the available pharmacotherapy. As the use of antidepressants increases worldwide, nurses should maintain competency in these drugs to avoid unnecessary adverse events, prevent drug-drug interactions, and assist providers with navigating through treatment-resistant depression.

The goal of this course is to assist members of the healthcare team with staying up to date on commonly used antidepressants and to identify strategies for approaching treatment-resistant depression.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the different classes of antidepressants and three complementary and alternative therapies for depression.
  • Recall the adverse effects, contraindications, and practice considerations of commonly used antidepressants, in addition to complementary and alternative therapies for depression.
  • Determine five strategies for approaching treatment-resistant depression.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Course Originally Released On: 07/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.