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CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Sep 21, 2017

This episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s Chapter 101 (9th Ed.), mood disorders. The podcast will focus on the diagnosis and management of common mood disturbances.

Episode Overview

  • Patients with apparent mood disorders should be evaluated for medical disorders, medication effects, substance abuse or withdrawal because these conditions can mimic both depression and mania.

  • Mood disorders should be suspected in patients with multiple, vague, nonspecific complaints and in patients who are frequent, heavy users of medical care.

  • The differentiation of depression and dementia in elders can be difficult, but is important because depression often responds dramatically to treatment.

  • Patients with mood disorders should be assessed for their suicide potential.

    Core questions:

  1. List the 3 neurotransmitters implicated in depression

  2. List the DSM V criteria for Major Depressive Episode (box)

  3. Define Seasonal Affective disorder, Dysthymic Disorder and Cyclothymic


  4. Define Bipolar I and Bipolar II

  5. List the DSM V Criteria for a Manic Episode (box)

  6. List 8 general medical conditions and 8 medications that cause depression

  7. Describe first line medical therapy for depression and bipolar disorder

  8. List 4 criteria for hospitalization in an acute psychiatric episode


    1. Mnemonics for symptoms of depression and mania