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Psychiatry in primary care: depression (1 CPD hour)

Psychiatrists Dr Paul Walters and Dr Mark Haddad advise on managing depression in primary care.

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Psychiatrists Dr Paul Walters and Dr Mark Haddad advise on managing depression in primary care.

Learning objectives

This module will update your knowledge on how to identify and treat patients with depression, including:

  • Recognising depression
  • Case-finding in patient groups at high risk of depression
  • Screening patients for depression
  • Assessing the severity of a patient's depression
  • Using active monitoring in patients with mild depression
  • Deciding whether to use antidepressants or formal psychological treatments in patients with moderate to severe depression
  • Prescribing SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants
  • Managing inadequate treatment response
  • Combining medication in patients who have not responded to standard antidepressant treatments

This module was first published on 1st June 2011 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 1st June 2013 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.

Author

Dr Paul Walters is a consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and clinical researcher at the section of primary care mental health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Dr Mark Haddad is a nurse specialist practitioner at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and clinical research fellow at the section of primary care mental health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

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