Depression: A Major Public Health Concern, 2nd Edition


About the Course
This course provides current, evidence-based information about depression for nurses from a variety of backgrounds. This includes: depression as an illness; the diagnostic criteria for different depression disorders; suicidal ideation and how to intervene; genetics and the brain; bipolar illness; the mechanisms of action of antidepressants, including potential adverse events and special considerations for the use of different medications; models of depression; different treatment approaches to help patients with depression; chronic illness and depression; substance use; anxiety disorders related to depression; and depression in special populations.

Learning Outcomes 
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to: 

  • Relate the impact of depression on individuals and society, the cost of depression, the?causes of depression, and the effects of depression stigmatization. 
  • Describe the symptoms of depressive disorders, the diagnostic categories, and the criteria?for each disorder. 
  • Describe suicide and the power it has on individuals, families, and friends. 
  • Describe the influences of genetics and how the brain affects depression disorders. 
  • Identify key signs and symptoms of the diagnosis of bipolar and related disorders. 
  • Discuss the different theoretical models for explaining depression and bipolar disorders. 
  • Describe the actions of psychotropic medications to treat depressive, bipolar, and?related disorders. 
  • Describe the treatment approaches to help patients suffering from depressive disorders or?bipolar disorder. 
  • Contrast chronic illness with depression. 
  • Describe substance use disorders. 
  • Describe anxiety disorders and their relationships to depression. 
  • Describe the challenges and issues that special patient populations with depression and?other mental health issues experience. 
  • Discuss the personal narrative of an individual suffering depression. 

About the Author
Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN
, is professor emeritus at the School of Nursing and Psychiatry, Medical School at the University of Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1968 and then reported to activity duty in the U.S. Navy, stationed at the Naval Hospitals in Pensacola, Florida, and St. Albans, New York. After active duty, he received his master’s degree in psychosocial nursing from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1973 and then taught at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Psychosocial Nursing. He completed his PhD in higher education in 1980 and became chair of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at University of Michigan, where he taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. As a board-certified clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner in the state of Michigan, he continues to carry a small caseload of patients at the University of Michigan Depression Center, where he provides psychotherapy and medication management. He has conducted research on depression and was the principal investigator in research funded over a 15-year period by the Department of Defense, TriService Nursing Research Program, to examine stress and depression among young men and women in military service. He has written four books and authored more than 80 journal publications.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 28-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion. 

Resolution of Conflict of Interest*
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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