Week 4 – ASSESSING AND TREATING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS FOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS
For this assignment, you will develop a patient medication guide for treatment of depressive disorders in a vulnerable population (your choice for one vulnerable patient population to choose from: children, adolescents, older adults, dementia patients, pregnant women or one not listed of your choice!). Be sure to use language appropriate for your audience (patient, caregiver, parent, etc.). You will include non-copyright images and/or information tables to make your patient medication guide interesting and appealing. Limit your patient medication guide to 5 pages. You will create this guide as an assignment; therefore, a title page, introduction, conclusion, and reference page are required. You must include a minimum of 3 scholarly supporting resources outside of your course provided resources.
In your patient guide, include discussion on the following:
· Depressive disorder causes and symptoms
· How depression is diagnosed for the vulnerable population of your choice, why is this population considered vulnerable
· Medication treatment options including risk vs benefits; side effects; FDA approvals for the vulnerable population of your choice
· Medication considerations of medication examples prescribed (see last bullet item)
· What is important to monitor in terms of labs, comorbid medical issues with why important for monitoring
· Special Considerations (you must be specific, not general and address at least one for EACH category; you must demonstrate critical thinking beyond basics of HIPPA and informed consent!): legal considerations, ethical considerations, cultural considerations, social determinants of health
· Where to follow up in your local community for further information
References x 4 to include:
· U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (n.d.).  .
· American Psychiatric Association. (2013).  . https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

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