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Mid Peninsula District Meeting

  • Friday, October 17, 2014
  • 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Jewish Family and Children Services


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"Depression and BiPolar Disorder – A Differential Diagnosis with Special Focus on New Medication"


Presented By: Gordon Wong, MD



It is important to consider the differential diagnosis in a patient presenting with new onset mood episode of depression. In particular differentiating between bipolar depression versus major depression is important because medication treatment is very different and confusion between the two can worsen the condition. A variety of new antidepressants for treatment of depression, and mood stabilizers for treatment of bipolar disorder, have emerged in the last few years. A review of how they compared to more traditional treatment will be useful since these new agents will become more popular over the next few years.

Goals/ Objectives:

1. Participants will learn the differential diagnosis for someone coming in with an onset of a new depressive episode with particular consideration for differentiating depression from Bipolar depression

2. Participants will learn about medication treatments for depression will be discussed with emphasis on some of the newer antidepressants that have come out in the last few years

3. Participants will learn about medication treatment for bipolar disorder will be discussed with Emphasis on some of the newer mood stabilizers that have come out in the last few years

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. PCE #1 Members earn credits at no cost. Credits for non-members are $15 per meeting. All are welcome to attend at no charge (no CEU certificate). MSW students are especially encouraged to attend. 




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