Centre for Continuing Education

Mood Disorders Course Online: Medical Approaches

Psychiatry. Encouraging a healthier community.

Developed and delivered by the Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney, and open to all health professionals for continuing professional development.

Join this self-paced interactive online course to learn how to treat mood disorders using medications.

A key feature of mood disorders is monoamine dysregulation, which is the target of most antidepressant drugs. This course will firstly discuss the neurochemistry of mood disorders and then introduce you to a wide range of available medications for mood disorders, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, anticonvulsant drugs, lithium and second generation antipsychotics. You will also learn how to deal with treatment resistance issues as well as what procedures to follow in order to achieve the best treatment outcomes.

This course accepts enrolments throughout the year and does not have any prerequisite requirements.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the neurochemical basis of mood disorders
  • describe, discuss and compare different medications for the treatment of mood disorders
  • discuss treatment resistance issues in mood disorders
  • describe and use treatment guidelines for mood disorders.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Neurochemistry of mood disorders
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other newer anti-depressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclic anti-depressants
  • The use of anticonvulsant drugs in mood disorders
  • Lithium and its uses in mood disorders
  • The use of second generation antipsychotics in mood disorders
  • Approaches to treatment resistance in mood disorders
  • Treatment guidelines for depression
  • Treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder.

CPD accreditation

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): 40 Category 1 points

Delivery style

Delivered in an e-learning system with the following components:

  • pre-course test
  • social chat forum where you can introduce yourself to the class and organise local meet-up groups
  • Q & A forum where you can ask questions and get feedback from the tutor and other participants
  • multimedia modules with audio-visual lectures and interactive quizzes
  • lecture notes download
  • lecture audios download
  • assessment task
  • Statement of Completion download.

You will have 90 days to complete the course at your own pace. It takes approximately 9 hours to complete it. Within the enrolment period, access to the e-learning system is available anytime and anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable and high speed Internet connection.

The lecture audios were recorded in a professional studio and are of high quality. You can download them to your mobile devices and continue to listen to the course while travelling.


We acknowledge Associate Professor Seetal Dodd, Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Professor John Tiller, Dr Jon-Paul Khoo, Professor Philip Mitchell, Professor Ian Hickie, Professor Gin Malhi, Dr Sonia Kumar and Associate Professor Loyola McLean for their contributions to the development of this online course.


  • Convenient online access
  • Mobile learning supported
  • High quality course audios
  • Expert academic support
  • Statement of Completion

We acknowledge the tradition of custodianship and law of the Country on which the University of Sydney campuses stand. We pay our respects to those who have cared and continue to care for the Country.