Monday, February 10, 2014

Exam DSM: Depression

It's very unlikely that you're going to get past the social work licensing exam without encountering a question that deals one way or another with symptoms of depression. While some culture-bound symptoms and other things you may never encounter in day-to-day practice may also show up, what kind of exam would it be without including this fundamental mental health scourge? You probably already know everything you need to know about depression to get through these questions on the exam, but just in case, below are some places to go for some quick review. Run your eyes back over the criteria, sure, but questions on the social work exam are most likely to deal with areas where depression intersects with safety, ethics, and law. When do you refer for medication...for do you assess for suicide risk? What's the best way to treat depression? Read up!
And here's a bonus link--a conversation about social workers and depression from the Social Work Podcast.

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