Women and Depression (2 Credit Hours)

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Program summary: This course consists of 2 readings.  The first discusses the assessment and treatment of depression in women from adolescence to older adulthood.  The second gives an overview of postpartum disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Please note that the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) has made a number of changes.  To review the changes to the DSM-5, you can go to http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/changes%20from%20dsm-iv-tr%20to%20dsm-5.pdf.


Article 1:   The National Institute of Mental Health

Article 2:  Mental Health America

Read the 1st Article At:  https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/depression-what-every-woman-should-know.pdf

Read the 2nd Article At: https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/MentalHealthAmerica-PostpartumDisorders.pdf

Program objectives: To enhance professional knowledge and practice by identifying key issues of depression as it relates to women.

Learning objectives: Identify potential causes for depression in women.  Describe issues of depression for adolescent girls and older women.  Identify diagnosis and treatment options.  Describe common features of postpartum depression.

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1: For questions 1-12, please refer to the first article, Women and Depression.  Scientists are studying potential contributing factors for depression in women including which of the following?
2: One study found that postpartum women are at an increased risk for several mental disorders, including depression, for how long after childbirth.
3: Depression becomes more common for women during the post-menopause period.
4: Depression in women can co-exist with
5: Depression is a normal part of aging.
6: The most common treatment method for depression is
7: Which anti-depressant medication tends to have fewer side effects?
8: Research shows that anti-depressant medications do not pass across the placental barrier during pregnancy.
9: Which of the following is not listed as one of the most common side effects associated with SSRI's and SNRI's?
10: Some studies have suggested that SSRI's and other antidepressants have unintentional affects on some people especially:
11: A NIH trial found that St. John's Wort was slightly more effective than the placebo in treating major depression.
12: Electroconvulsive therapy is no longer thought to be an effective treatment for depression.
13: For questions 13-15, please refer to the second article, Postpartum Disorders.  Symptoms of postpartum blues or "baby blues" generally do not last for more than a few _______________
14: Postpartum depression is estimated to occur in approximately _________ of new mothers.
15: Mothers who experience postpartum psychosis are _________ to suffer from it again following their next pregnancy.

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Find Mental Health Screening Tools here:  http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools.

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Depression in Women