Improving Outcomes in Major Depression: A Focus on Cognitive Symptoms

Improving Outcomes in Major Depression: A Focus on Cognitive Symptoms

On-Demand Webcast

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Co-Chair, 2016 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Midland, Texas

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This activity is intended for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, psychiatric nurses, and other healthcare professionals who seek to improve the care of patients with MDD.


After completing this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence and quality of life impact of cognitive symptoms in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Routinely utilize assessment tools to identify cognitive symptoms in patients with MDD
  • Outline the receptor pharmacology of available MDD agents and the evidence-based impact on therapeutic decision-making
  • Optimize outcomes in patients with MDD who are experiencing cognitive symptoms



To be eligible for documentation of credit, participants must participate in the full activity, complete the 10-question post-test with a score of 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form. Participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation form online may immediately print their documentation of credit.

Participants who have successfully completed the live version of this activity are not eligible to receive credit for this enduring material.

Release Date: 2/28/2017
Expiration Date: 2/28/2018
Estimated time to complete: 1.0 hour

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There is no fee associated with this activity.


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Instructional Level: Advanced


The planning committee comprises Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, William C. Torrey, MD, Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC; Raquel Gaerlan, Mike Kearney, Meaghan O'Brien, Randy Robbin, John Savage, and Stephanie Weiss, NACCME.

Independent Clinical Reviewer:  William C. Torrey, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Clinical Services, Department of Psychiatry, Grisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Nurse Planner: Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco, CA


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The faculty has reported the following:

Dr. Jain: Consultant—Addrenex, Allergan, Lilly, Lundbeck, Merck, Otsuka, Pamlab, Pfizer, Shionogi, Shire, Sunovion, Takeda (Spouse: Lilly, Otsuka, Pamlab); Speakers Bureau—Addrenex, Allergan, Lilly, Lundbeck, Merck, Otsuka, Pamlab, Pfizer, Shionogi, Shire, Sunovion, Takeda; Research Support—AstraZeneca, Allergan, Lilly, Lundbeck, Otsuka, Pfizer, Shire, Takeda

Mr. Penn and Dr. Torrey disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Raquel Gaerlan, Mike Kearney, Meaghan O’Brien, Randy Robbin, John Savage, and Stephanie Weiss have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

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The off-label use of buspirone, erythropoietin, lisdexamfetamine, lithium, modafinil, tranylcypromine, and triiodothyronine for the treatment of major depressive disorder will be discussed.


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Supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck.