Although the certified nursing assistant can’t diagnose depression, their role in recognizing and reporting changes in residents to the nurse in charge can enhance the recognition of mental illness in their patients. Given that CNAs most often have more day-to-day contact with residents, they are in an exceptionally good position to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the patients they care for.
It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Elderly mental health is tricky. The signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment all vary from mental health issues in younger demographics.
This course will equip CNAs with the knowledge necessary to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in people of all ages, as well as learn the treatment options and prevention strategies.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Depression
Chapter 2: Anxiety
Chapter 3: Treatment and Prevention
Chapter 5: Suicide Prevention
Chapter 5: References