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Mental health forms the focus of this learning plan for GPs. Learning plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
Dr Jonathan Mitchell discusses the incidence of psychosis and schizophrenia, recognition of signs and symptoms, the role of medication and cognitive behaviour therapy, and positive outcomes to work towards. This review includes references and signposts to national guidance useful for primary care professionals.
Dr David Jolley and colleagues discuss pitfalls in making a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, The National Dementia Strategy and management of the condition. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include early detection, changes to the brain and medication.
Dr Reshad Malik and Dr Muffazal Rawala provide an overview of the diagnosis and management of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying organic causes such as hyperthyroidism or hypoglycaemia, comorbidities, environmental triggers and remission rates.
Dr Tillmann Jacobi provides an overview into the red flags associated with mood changes. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include identifying changes in partnership with patients and relatives, taking a good history, useful investigations and when to refer.
This article covers the red flag symptoms associated with a patient presenting with feeling tired all the time and lists the appropriate investigations to undertake in primary care.
Ten key questions for GPs to ask themselves and their teams about perinatal mental health, in the light of NICE guidance CG192 on this topic. This activity, developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, provides an implementation tool to raise awareness of and support implementation of the NICE guidance in primary care.
Dr Iain Brew provides an overview of the use and effects of cocaine and how GPs can manage patients experiencing adverse effects. Tips for healthcare professionals include a framework for discussion of illicit drug use and possible sources of treatment for patients with problematic cocaine use.