Healthcare providers often find it difficult to provide mental health help for their patients because they don’t know where to start. Dr. Charles Sneiderman provides numerous sources for patients and family education.
A majority of women experience some emotional lability within the month surrounding childbirth characterized by crying for no reason, anxiety, and irritability. The first postpartum checkup or the first well-baby visit is an ideal opportunity for screening.
This Education Station™ activity will deal with diabetes, hypogonadism, and major depressive disorder. Primary care clinicians frequently encounter these chronic conditions and are expected to manage them routinely in daily practice. Tools, techniques, and strategies to overcome the barriers to effective management of these chronic conditions will be discussed in this Education Station™ activity.
A quick primer on the importance of stepping back from the routine of the history and physical to read some non-verbal cues, note gaps in fluent speech and pick up on my emotional reaction to the patient. A pneumonic is revealed to help us incorporate this assessment into our daily interactions with our patients.
Daily behaviors account for maintaining one’s health, both physically and emotionally. In terms of mental health, 27% of Americans suffer mental health symptoms and disorders that impact families, the workplace, and quality of life.
Hiking for My Life. I filled my fluorescent-yellow Nalgene water bottle at the drinking fountain at Happy Isles at the west end of Yosemite Valley last August 28, then screwed its top on tight. I clipped it to the waist belt of my 50-pound orange backpack and pivoted toward the trailhead. The thought flashed through my mind that I probably shouldn’t be doing this.
Lily came in complaining of chest pains. After a thorough work-up produced negative findings, it was time for a face-to-face discussion of the problem. “At times, I get panicky and just can’t function. My mother did the same and so did my grandmother. I guess I just inherited it but I wanted...
Focusing on the Patient: Diagnosis and Management of ADHD. This program “Focusing on the Patient: Diagnosis and Management of ADHD” will increase the awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the signs and symptoms of ADHD and competencies in distinguishing symptoms of adult ADHD compared to the childhood disorder. It will also raise participants’ awareness of the wide range of pharmacological agents available for treatment of ADHD, their benefits and risks, helping to implement their use to develop an individualized, integrated treatment program.
Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Practice. Over one third of those who commit suicide have seen a primary care practitioner in the previous month, and many of those the previous week, before death. We need to assess risk in every patient we see, screen those at increased risk, and refer those with active suicidal behavior.
Major Depressive Disorder in Primary Care: Implementing Evidence-Based Care Pathways. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a leading cause of disability and premature mortality, but it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Effective screening, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment can greatly mitigate the harmful and debilitating effects of this chronic psychiatric disorder. However, evidence suggests that management of depression is challenging for primary care providers (PCPs).
Providing Care for Soldiers Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan. Since September 11, 2001, approximately 2.4 million military personnel have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, roughly 1.44 million have separated from the military; when they return to the states, approximately half will use Veterans Affairs healthcare and the other half will be seen by non-VA primary care providers.