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The Patient Perspective of Challenges, Purpose, and Hope with Continuing Depression

Now available on demand

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Produced in collaboration with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Support for this patient education program was provided by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck.

Patients with major depressive disorder and their caregivers are invited to join this live, interactive video presentation led by a psychiatrist, primary care provider, and patient advocate.

The 60-minute program is broken into three sections:

During the first section of this presentation, the expert panel will discuss elements of shared decision making, the patient’s role in disease management, how to set realistic treatment expectations and available treatments options.

The middle portion of the program will cover tackling depressive symptoms; for example, what to do when symptoms persist despite following the process, how to assess treatment options and different therapeutic approaches for treatment-resistant depression, determining when there is a need for more complex and combination regiments, and how to manage side effects.

Lastly, the expert panel will close this program with a discussion about purpose and hope. They will discuss the importance of adhering to the treatment plan, self-care strategies and support outside of pharmacotherapy, along with future research for treatment-resistant depression.

Upon completion of this session, patients and caregivers will be able to:

  • Identify barriers that prevent optimal outcomes in patients with depression
  • Determine with health care providers the relative safety and efficacy profiles of new treatment options and/or emerging therapeutic approaches for MDD

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Michael Thase, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Michael E. Thase, MD, is professor of psychiatry and director of the Department of Psychiatry’s Mood and Anxiety Section of Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He directs the Mood Disorders Research studies at the Philadelphia VAMC. Dr Thase’s recent research projects focus on the assessment and treatment of mood disorders and include studies of novel ketamine-like compounds and a multicenter study of the efficacy of rTMS for depressed veterans. He has authored or co-authored more than 900 scientific articles and book chapters and has co-authored or co-edited 17 books. Dr Thase is vice chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Larry Culpepper, MD

Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH, is a professor of family medicine and was the founding chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University in Massachusetts. He has conducted federally funded studies of depression and anxiety, and school- and community-based interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes and to prevent teen pregnancies. Dr Culpepper is a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the National Sleep Foundation Scientific Advisory Boards and is the editor of the Primary Care Companion for CNS Diseases. He is a recipient of the NAPCRG-STFM Career Research Award and the STFM Excellence in Education Award. Dr Culpepper received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Maria Margaglione

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Maria Margaglione is programs director of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in Chicago, Illinois. Her focus is on developing and overseeing DBSA’s programmatic strategies and initiatives and managing a variety of DBSA’s educational programs and wellness tools. Maria is responsible for the creation of I’m Here, a program to help people start conversations about mental health. Most recently, she and her programs team developed two new wellness tools: DBSA Wellness Wheel, and DBSA Wellness Tracker. Maria oversees the Supporting Youth Mental Health initiative, which includes the latest resource for parents and children called the DBSA Mood Crew, an engaging educational program designed to help adults open a positive conversation about emotions with children.



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