C2.1. To be able to screen for and diagnose depression including
- Using current criteria and other diagnostic and functional assessment tools
- 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.
– Mechanism of action
– Medication classes & interactions
– Various forms of outpatient therapy
– Resources available in community
– Effect of/on family & social supports
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/