Clinical Convergence® A Patient-Centered Approach to Child and Adolescent Bipolar Depression

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Clinical Convergence® A Patient-Centered Approach to Child and Adolescent Bipolar Depression 

Pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD) remains notoriously unrecognized and difficult to diagnose; children fail to meet the full adult DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, the course of their disease changes over time, and they often provide poor histories. In addition, the treatment of PBD, particularly bipolar depression in the pediatric population, is also difficult due to the lack of available medications and the need for polypharmacy and multimodal treatment. This activity will provide attendees with guidance on how to readily identify and diagnose bipolar depression in pediatric patients. Also, it will emphasize the practical applications of available efficacy, safety, and tolerability data on approved therapies for the treatment of pediatric patients with bipolar depression. The activity will conclude with an adolescent patient with bipolar disorder and her parent joining the faculty to discuss their clinical journey.


Sara Jones, PhD, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Associate Professor, Specialty Coordinator
Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Nursing
Little Rock, AR

Robert A. Kowatch, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
The Ohio State Medical Center/Nationwide Children's Hospital
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Columbus, OH

Session Length:  1 hour

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Objectives:
After engaging in this activity, clinicians will be able to:

  • Correctly diagnose bipolar depression in children and adolescents based on DSM-5 criteria, characteristics of the disorder, and use of screening tools
  • Treat bipolar depression in adolescent and pediatric patients based on evidence-based data and guidelines for management

Keywords: Pediatric bipolar disorder, Bipolar depression, Child and Adolescent

Contact Hours:
1.0 contact hours. Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant’s viewing of the presentation, participation in the pre-/post-test, and submission of the activity evaluation form. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an evaluation/claimed credit form. If you have questions about the content of this CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

Evaluation Deadline: November 29, 2021

The course will close on November 29, 2021. Please complete your evaluation by this time in order to earn 1.0 contact hours.


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AKH, Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 1 Contact Hours.

This activity is jointly provided by AKH Inc., Advanced Knowledge in Healthcare and RMEI Medical Education, LLC.



Funding Statement
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Sunovion.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
It is the policy of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and RMEI Medical Education, LLC to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of their continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are resolved by RMEI and AKH prior to accreditation of the activity and may include any of, or a combination of, the following: attestation to non-commercial content; notification of independent and certified CME/CE expectations; referral to National Faculty Initiative training; restriction of topic area or content; restriction to discussion of science only; amendment of content to eliminate discussion of device or technique; use of other faculty for discussion of recommendations; independent review against criteria ensuring evidence supports the recommendation; moderator review; and peer review. 

AKH Inc. planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:  

Sara Jones, PhD, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has disclosed no financial relationships.
Robert A. Kowatch, MD, PhD, has affiliations with Forest, Pfizer (Data Monitoring Safety Committee (DMSC).

The patient and caregiver reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity: 

Joy McClellan, has no conflicts to disclose.
Maren McClellan, has no conflicts to disclose.

Accreditor Provider Disclosures:

Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Lead Nurse Planner/Reviewer, has disclosed no financial relationships.
Patricia Brignoni, AKH Director of Operations/Reviewer, has disclosed no financial relationships.
RMEI Medical Education, LLC planners and managers, have nothing to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product  
This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 

This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. and RMEI Medical Education, LLC specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content. 

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