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).

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.

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Depression 'fastest growing condition' as GPs record 470,000 new cases in 2015/16

Depression 'fastest growing condition' as GPs record 470,000 new cases in 2015/16

GPs recorded an additional 470,000 patients with depression through the QOF last...

GPs maintain dementia diagnosis levels following pay-per-diagnosis scheme

GPs maintain dementia diagnosis levels following pay-per-diagnosis scheme

Prevalence of recorded dementia remained stable among GP patients in England throughout...

GPs should tell patients that dementia is preventable
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GPs should tell patients that dementia is preventable

GPs should help catalyse a shift in mind-set among patients that dementia is not...

Treating patients with eating disorders: medico-legal advice

Treating patients with eating disorders: medico-legal advice

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard offers five tips to help GPs when dealing...

GP patient records data could predict dementia risk
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GP patient records data could predict dementia risk

A risk score based on data routinely gathered by GP practices could accurately predict...

Alzheimer's drugs prescribing rose 20% but spending fell in 2014

Alzheimer's drugs prescribing rose 20% but spending fell in 2014

Prescriptions dispensed for Alzheimer's drugs rose to 3m in 2014, a 20% increase...

'No difference' in effects of antidepressants and CBT, study suggests

'No difference' in effects of antidepressants and CBT, study suggests

There is 'no difference' in the effects of second generation antidepressants and...

Post-traumatic stress disorder - Clinical review

Post-traumatic stress disorder - Clinical review

Diagnosis and management of patients with PTSD.

Medical management of depression

Medical management of depression

Depression is a common presentation in general practice. In most cases, patients...

Exclusive: Antidepressant spending per patient varies 13-fold across England

Exclusive: Antidepressant spending per patient varies 13-fold across England

Official NHS prescribing data shows that the amount spent on antidepressants per...

GP dementia targets based on old data that overestimates prevalence
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GP dementia targets based on old data that overestimates prevalence

NHS primary care targets for dementia are based on outdated information and should...

Dementia screening for all over 65s ruled out

Dementia screening for all over 65s ruled out

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has advised against screening all over...

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