Managing Depression


The cost for this online course is $25. The estimated time to complete this course is 1 hour and 15 minutes minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Once you register for the course, you will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to complete the course. The date your access expires will be indicated in the Course Summary box on this webpage.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Educational Need

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. For some individuals, major depression can result in severe impairments that interfere with or limit one’s ability to carry out major life activities. Depression can affect people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and genders.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2021, an estimated 21 million adults in the United States (8.4%) have experienced a depressive episode. Adult women are more likely to have a depressive episode: The prevalence among women is 10.5% versus 6.2% among men. Because men may be less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek help for their feelings or emotional problems, they are at greater risk of depression symptoms being undiagnosed or undertreated. Studies also show higher rates of depression and an increased risk for the disorder among members of the LGBTQI+ community.

A 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health study definition of major depressive episode is based mainly on the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5):

  • A period of at least two weeks when a person experiences a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and has a majority of specified symptoms, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, or self-worth.
  • No exclusions were made for major depressive episode symptoms caused by medical illness, substance use disorders, or medication.


  1. List 2-3 key factors contributing to the development of depression, including biological, psychological, and environmental influences.
  2. Identify and evaluate evidence-based approaches for managing depression, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication, mindfulness techniques, lifestyle modifications, and other emerging treatments. 
  3. Discuss the economic impact of depression on the US healthcare system, the global economy, and its influence on social welfare.


Leonard S. Richards, DO
Associate Program Director, Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


Devesh Kaushik, DO
Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


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Recording date: October 27, 2023
Date of original release: October 28, 2023
Most recent review/update: October 28, 2023
Termination date: October 27, 2026

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.25 AOA Category 1­B
  • 1.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.25 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.25 AOA Category 1-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.25 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals do not have a financial relationship with an ineligible company; however, they intend to discuss the off-label use of a commercial product or device. They agree to inform the learners before their presentation. 

  • Devesh Kaushik, DO - Speaker
  • Leonard S. Richards, DO - Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It 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. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.25 AOA Category 1­B
  • 1.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.25 IBON


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