Alzheimer’s Disease – Overview

CE Credit: 1 Hours (0.1 CEUs)
Target Audience: Psychology, Counseling, Social-Work, Occupational-Therapy, Marriage-and-Family, Dietetics-and-Nutrition
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Abstract
Alzheimer’s disease is an increasing concern for the aging American population. It is important for healthcare providers to have a basic familiarity with the disease, in order to provide adequate diagnosis, treatment, and referrals. This course, based on documents from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides an overview of the prevalence, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as information about caregiving and caregiver support. As such, this course is relevant to all clinicians who work with elderly individuals, their families, and their caretakers.

Learning Objectives
1. Describe Alzheimer’s disease, including common symptoms and risk factors
2. Explain how Alzheimer’s disease compares to other forms of dementia
3. Describe how Alzheimer’s disease effects the brain compared to the healthy aging process
4. Describe the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and its comorbidity with other health problems
5. List common concerns of caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Overview

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Overview
CE Credit: 1 Hours (0.1 CEUs)
Target Audience: Psychology Counseling Social-Work Occupational-Therapy Marriage-and-Family Dietetics-and-Nutrition
Learning Level: Introductory

Course Abstract
This course summarizes the symptoms, causes and treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children, adolescents, and adults. Included are discussions about differential diagnosis, assessment protocols, what is known about the causes of ADHD, and which educational, behavioral, and pharmacological interventions have been demonstrated in recent research to be superior to other treatments.

Learning Objectives
1. Differentiate symptoms that are diagnostic of ADHD from those that are not
2. Differentiate factors that cause ADHD from those that do not
3. Name two treatments shown by the MTA study to be superior to others
4. Identify the responsibilities of the school in educating students with ADHD

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Bipolar Disorder – Overview

Bipolar Disorder – Overview
Authors: Melissa Spearing & Mary Lynn Hendrix (NIMH)
CE Credit: 1 Hours (0.1 CEUs)

Course Abstract
Bipolar Disorder - OverviewThis course provides an overview of bipolar disorder (BP), a condition that is also known as manic-depressive illness. BP affects more than two million adults and it typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. BP is a long-term illness that can be treated. This course reviews the signs and symptoms of BP, the spectrum of mood states in BP, etiology and course of the disorder, and methods of assessment and treatment.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify signs and symptoms of BP and discuss the different mood states found in those with BP
2. Discuss the causes of BP and the course of the disorder
3. Understand symptoms of BP in childhood
4. Identify methods of assessment for BP and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments

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Anxiety Disorders – Overview

Anxiety Disorders – Overview
by National Institute of Mental Health
CE Credit: 1 Hours (0.1 CEUs)

Course Abstract
This course summarizes the symptoms, causes and treatments for Anxiety Disorders, which affect about 40 million American adults in a given year. It will describe the symptoms of anxiety disorders, explain the role of research in understanding the causes of these conditions, describe effective treatments, and suggest ways to make treatment more effective. The following anxiety disorders are discussed in this course: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia (or social anxiety disorder), specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). 2006, 14 pages (rev).

Learning Objectives
1. Distinguish among the symptoms of various anxiety disorders
2. Identify four classes of medications that are effective in treating anxiety disorders
3. List common side effects of the medications used for anxiety disorders
4. Identify one form of cognitive behavioral therapy that is useful for anxiety disorders
5. Name three ways to make treatment more effective

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