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AR14 Mental health awareness

Course summary

This course is a comprehensive introduction to current thinking on the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with mental health problems.

Who should attend?

Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 7 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Study the nature and physiology of depression and schizophrenia
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of prescribing in mental health
  • Understand the treatments for depression and schizophrenia
  • Become familiar with national guidance and rating scales for various disorders
  • Appreciate the use of certain drugs over others and the evidence to support this
  • Grasp which side effects need managing and how
  • Gain an insight into psychological issues surrounding patient management

Course programme

  • Diagnosis and classification of depression
  • ICD & DSM approaches
  • Depression, hypomania & bipolar illness
  • Anxiety, panic and GAD
  • NICE guidance
  • Antidepressants - MAOI, TCA, SSRI & new molecules
  • Childhood depression & suicide
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis management
  • Neuropsychopharmacology of schizophrenia
  • Neurotransmitter pathways explained
  • Antipsychotics - typical & atypical agents
  • Metabolic side effects of atypical agents
  • Two workshops - case presentations in mental health and a quiz on prescribing in mental health

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