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May 01, 2009
Treatment of Psychiatric Emergencies
Expires May 31, 2015
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CME Activity

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Sample questions:
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You evaluate a 17-year-old adolescent for depression and recommend to the mother that because the daughter’s symptoms of depression are of moderate severity, her daughter would benefit from pharmacotherapy and, in particular, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The mother is quite concerned about the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) black box warning in the prescribing information for SSRIs about an increased risk of suicidal ideation in children, adolescents, and young people who are placed on these medications. You respond by referring to research that has been published concerning this issue. Which of the following statements is correct?
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Which of the following statistical statements concerning suicide is true?
3.
You are called to evaluate a patient in the emergency room following a multiple-vehicle accident in which several people were killed. The patient was a passenger in one of the cars and is experiencing symptoms that place him at high risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You decide to start him on medication in the emergency room with the hope of decreasing the likelihood of his subsequently developing PTSD. Which of the following medications should you avoid?