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Mood disorders in General Practice as simple as DSM, SSRI & CBT?

Dr Simon Cowap

In the past decade mental health, and depression in particular, has received a great deal of attention both in the general and medical media. Awareness of depression has markedly increased, attempts have been made to reduce its stigma, and a lot of effort has gone into educating GPs.
 
No-one would argue that this has not been a positive development. However it has lead on occasions to an oversimplification, where all bad moods are depression, and depression always responds to evidence based treatment with CBT & an SSRI.

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This recorded live web-cast has been organised by the Australian College of Psychological Medicine.The ACPM would like to express appreciation to the Central Sydney General Practice Network for financial support provided to assist in the production of this web-cast.
Sydney, Australia; 8 April 2009

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Dr Simon Cowap

Dr Simon Cowap MBBS (Hons) FRACGP is a GP with a long interest in mental health. He is currently practicing at the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI), Camperdown, headspace (youth mental health initiative) in Campbelltown, and in private mental health focused practice in Glebe. He is a level II mental health accredited practitioner, and has both attended and helped design and deliver a number of mental health education initiatives for general practitioners. He has written on general and mental health issues for publications including the Australian Family Physician, Medical Observer, the Australian newspaper and a variety of internet sites. He is currently assisting in the development of the BMRIs post graduate education programme for GPs intended to commence in 2010. He is interested in the collaborative care of mental health patients and the unique perspective GPs bring to the mental health team.

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