Psychotic and Mood Disorders: Overview
This initiative provides an important case-based resource to better enable clinicians to manage patients with psychotic and mood disorders. In this population, misdiagnoses are common. A thorough analysis of patient presentation and history can often pave the way to improved patient outcomes. Additionally, a carefully developed treatment plan may lessen the risk for exacerbation of symptoms, decreased patient functioning, and noncompliance.
This resource center contains practical materials developed by a panel of experts. They review challenging cases and discuss the nuances of diagnosis and management. In so doing, they provide insights into the real-world experience of how they manage their patients.
Materials posted here include a:
- Monograph for psychiatrists, distributed as a supplement to Annals of Clinical Psychiatry and Current Psychiatry
- Monograph distributed as a supplement to The Journal of Family Practice
- Series of podcasts featuring discussion among experts in the field, and
- Series of e-newsletters highlighting issues of importance to clinicians
The learning objectives of this case-based CME program are:
- Achieve early and accurate diagnosis of patients with mood disorders
- Utilize available screening tools effectively
- Understand the mechanisms of action, hepatic effects, and other metabolic effects of available agents and their potential impact on treatment
- Develop an effective treatment plan that includes monotherapy or combination therapy
- Select the most appropriate agent(s) for short- and long-term treatment to meet individual patient needs