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October 01, 2012
Focus 2012 Self-Assessment
Expires October 31, 2015
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CME Activity

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Sample questions:
1.
A patient is seen for a scheduled outpatient visit two weeks after beginning treatment with sertraline at a dose of 50 mg daily for depression. She has had continued decreases in appetite, difficulty with concentration, and reduced enjoyment of her usual activities, though she reports no significant change in sleep. She also reports no thoughts or plans of suicide. She expresses frustration that her symptoms are not improving and asks the psychiatrist what can be done. Which of the following approaches is most appropriate?
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A 14-year-old girl with no previous psychiatric history is brought by her parents for psychiatric evaluation because of irritability, poor motivation and weight loss. The patient is now failing in school, unable to get along with friends and family, and often refusing to get out of bed. On interview, she admits to sometimes wishing she were dead but denies active suicidal ideation. The psychiatrist diagnoses major depression and recommends starting psychotherapy and an SSRI. The parents express concern about news reports of increased suicidal risk with antidepressants. Which of the following would be the most accurate information on antidepressants and suicidal behavior that the psychiatrist could give the parents?
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How is the diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) established?
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