BHPC: Depressive Disorders Case Study: Adolescent



Interactive Module

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This Behavioral Health in Primary Care (BHPC) case study aids in assessing and developing a care plan for an adolescent presenting with a depressive disorder in primary care.


About the Series

NURSING IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY is an NYU Meyers Initiative to maximize the potential of the nursing workforce as a vital part of the primary care team to address behavioral health concerns, including substance use and mental health, and mitigate social determinants that serve as barriers to good health.

This project is supported by the New York Community Trust. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply your knowledge of the risks of adolescent depression in the assessment and treatment planning of patients.
  2. Apply a non-judgmental perspective to engage patients, normalizing symptoms.
  3. Identify when to use assessment tools (PHQ9-A) in a therapeutic manner during course of patient treatment.
  4. Apply early intervention to patients who show signs of major depressive disorder.
  5. Identify referral and resources for support for patients with major depressive disorder.


Karina Santibanez, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Adjunct Clinical Professor

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing