RCGP Curriculum - 13 Care of People with Mental Health Problems

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 13, Care of People with Mental Health Problems, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Photograph: Jim Varney
Photograph: Jim Varney

Mental health problems in primary care are common. The range of mental health problems encountered by a GP is large, and includes for example: adjustment reactions (normal responses to external circumstances); short- or longer-term disability associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety (which can be defined psychiatrically with diagnoses such as depression, but can also be seen as socially constructed); and schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (with a clearer biological basis, more easily defined from symptoms, but also with significant social meaning and consequences). These can coexist with each other, and also with problems related to consumption of alcohol or drugs, and with problems resulting from difficult traits and personality types.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

In this section you will find articles on:

Primary care management

Skills and attitudes

Symptoms

Depression

Eating disorders

Drug misuse

Other disorders

Investigations

Treatment

Emergency care

Prevention

Other related articles


Primary care management

Skills and attitudes

Establishing rapport with patient and family

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Integrating physical, psychological and social ideas
Avoiding medicalising common mental distresses

Responding quickly to concerns raised by relatives and others

Coming soon

Mental state assessment
Suicide risk assessment

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Symptoms

Abdominal pain and bowel upset
Coming soon
Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia

Mood disturbance

 

Multiple somatic complaints, dizziness, palpitations, paraesthesiae and abdominal pain (children)

Tired all the time

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Depression

Bipolar disorder

Depressive disorders

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Eating disorders

Drug misuse

Other disorders

ADHD
Anxiety disorders
Phobias
Obsessive-compulsive disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Schizophrenia

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Investigations

Depression rating scales

Treatment

Cognitive behavioural therapy
Problem-solving therapy and basis of systemic and strength-focused therapies
Psychopharmacology
Self-administered therapy
Coming soon

Simple behavioural techniques

Other

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Emergency care

Acute psychosis
Aggressive or violent patients
Delirium
Drug overdose
Panic
Coming soon 
Threatened or attempted suicide
Coming soon

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Prevention

Early intervention in psychoses
Mental health promotion, especially children, families and adolescents
Screening of all language-delayed children for autism

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Other related articles

These curriculum resources are regularly updated with relevant articles from our range of healthcare publications. All articles are reviewed by GP advisers. We have set the standard lifetime of an article at two years and will aim to renew all articles within that timeframe. However, some older articles will remain in the listing if our reviewers believe there to be no significant changes to the topic covered.

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