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Join us for a Lunch & Learn (noon-1pm) virtually or on the Atlanta or Chattanooga Campus for 1 FREE NBCC clock hour of Continuing Education! No Registration required. Questions?- contact Amy Estes at We encourage confirming the date prior to arriving on campus as there are last-minute cancellations from time to time.

Medical mimics of depression:  A (very) high level introduction
Monday, September 30, 2024 / 12-1PM Eastern / 1 CE available

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For clients or patients presenting with depressive symptoms, multiple treatments are available, including exercise, medication and evidence based therapies.  Unfortunately, a subset of clients may not see improvement and may stop medication and/or therapy.  As clinicians, it is our responsibility to inform our clients of potential underlying issues that may be causing or exacerbating symptoms of depression.  The purpose of this Lunch and Learn is to provide a high-level overview of common medical causes of depressive symptoms to facilitate clinician knowledge to assist clients, while remaining within their scope of practice.

Presenter: Dr. Lynne Padgett ’95

Presenter Bio: Dr. Lynne Padgett is a program director in the Division of Clinical and Health Services Research at NIMHD and a licensed rehabilitation psychologist. Previously, she was a health science officer for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Health Services Research & Development and a program director in the National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship and Behavioral Research Program. Clinically, she has worked as a health and rehabilitation psychologist, primarily in oncology and hospital medicine with the VA Washington DC Healthcare System, and Kaiser Permanente – Georgia. Her research interests include disability, rehabilitation in oncology and end of life care, aging and older adults including cognitive impairment, maximizing independence, and care giving.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to 1) describe common illnesses whose symptoms overlap with depression; 2) Name two questions to evaluate if a patient may have medical contributions to depressive symptoms


Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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