PRAC 6655 Discussion Mood Disorders Across the Lifespan

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PRAC 6655 Discussion Mood Disorders Across the Lifespan

PRAC 6655 Discussion Mood Disorders Across the Lifespan

What do I have to do? When do I have to do it?

Review your Learning Resources. Days 1–7

Assignment: Clinical Hour and
Patient Logs

Record your clinical hours and patient
in Meditrek by Day 7.

There is a strong likelihood that you will encounter both children/adolescents and adults at
your practicum site who suffer from mood disorders. Depressive disorders, for instance,
affect up to 3 percent of children and 8 percent of adolescents (Thapar et al., 2015). This
increases in adulthood to a lifetime prevalence of up to 25% in women and 12% in men
(Wang et al., 2017). Based on your prior work, you may have more experience working
with adults. If this is the case, it is important to recognize that while mood disorders may
appear across the lifespan, even in young children, the symptoms children and adolescents
experience may be different from those present in adults. Seek out information from your
current and prior Learning Resources and from your Preceptor to help guide your
diagnosis of these disorders in different age groups.
This week, you review resources on assessing, diagnosing, and treating mood disorders
across the lifespan. You also continue to record your clinical hours and patient encounters
in Meditrek.

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Thapar, A., Pine, D. S., Leckman, J. F., Scott, S., Snowling, M. J., & Taylor, E. A. (Eds.).
(2015). Rutter’s child and adolescent psychiatry (6th ed.). Wiley Blackwell.
Wang, J., Wu, X., Lai, W., Long, E., Zhang, X., Li, W., Zhu, Y., Chen, C., Zhong, X., Liu,
Z., Wang, D., & Lin, H. (2017). Prevalence of depression and depressive symptoms among
outpatients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open, 7(8), e017173.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Describe clinical hours and patient encounters

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

Carlat, D. J. (2017). The psychiatric interview (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
 Chapter 23, “Assessing Mood Disorders I: Depressive Disorders”
 Chapter 24, “Assessing Mood Disorders II: Bipolar Disorder”

Note: Use this link to log into Meditrek to report your clinical hours and
patient encounters.

Stern, T. A., Fava, M., Wilens, T. E., & Rosenbaum, J. F. (2016). Massachusetts General
Hospital psychopharmacology and neurotherapeutics. Elsevier.
 Chapter 4, “Antidepressants”
 Chapter 5, “Bipolar Disorder”
 Chapter 8, “Lithium and Its Role in Psychiatry”
 Chapter 9, “Use of Antiepileptic Drugs in Psychiatry”

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