Depression

C2. Depression
C2.1. To be able to screen for and diagnose depression including

  1. Using current criteria and other diagnostic and functional assessment tools
  2. Mental status exam, including assessment of suicide/homicidal risk, and take appropriate action where necessary.

C2.2. Identify high risk factors for depression and suicide.
C2.3. Describe variant presentations of depressed patients.
C2.4. Propose a differential diagnosis for patients with depressed mood to rule out important secondary
causes and an initial plan for investigation & management.
C2.5. Describe non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches to management, including risks,
benefits and limitations of the method(s) used.

  1. Pharmacologic
    – Mechanism of action
    – Medication classes & interactions
  2. Non-pharmacologic
    – Various forms of outpatient therapy
    – Resources available in community
    – Effect of/on family & social supports

Articles

Depression Clinical Card

Steed RC, Haslam RS, Keegan DA. Depression. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2009. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

A Primary Care Focus on the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

Weihs K, Wert JM. A Primary Care Focus on the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder. The American journal of the medical sciences. 2011;342(4):324-330. doi:10.1097/MAJ.0b013e318210ff56.

Quick Reference Psychiatric Medications 2016

Preston J. Psy.D and P.A. Distributors. Quick Reference to Psychiatric Medications®. 2015. Available at: http://psyd-fx.com/