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Mental Health

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/21/2022
  • Contains:  15 items
A collection on the treatment and management of mental health in primary care.
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Trichotillomania and excoriation disorder: Primary care implications

Scrandis, Debra A.; Duarte, Ana C.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(8):51-55, August 2021.

Trichotillomania and excoriation disorder are two psychiatric conditions that have similar origins to obsessive compulsive disorder. Both can cause patients significant distress and lead to medical consequences. It is important that primary care NPs identify and refer these individuals for psychiatric treatment.

Recognizing risk and presence of posttraumatic stress disorder in women

Heavey, Elizabeth

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(6):28-35, June 2021.

US women who report having experienced significant trauma at some point in their lives range from 50% to 90%. Yet posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) goes largely unrecognized in women. This article discusses ways to monitor, screen, and intervene for PTSD in women.

Suicide detection and treatment in a nurse-led, interprofessional primary care practice: A 2-year report of quality data

Ketel, Christian; Hedges, Jordan P.; Smith, Jenna P.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):33-40, April 2021.

This article analyzes 2 years of quality improvement data after the implementation of a suicidality screening and treatment protocol in a primary care setting. Primary care practices may be viable tools to combat the nation's suicide epidemic.

Best practices in benzodiazepine prescribing and management in primary care

Champion, Claire; Kameg, Brayden N.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(3):30-36, March 2021.

Despite the lack of evidence regarding the long-term effectiveness of benzodiazepines and their potential harmful effects, prescriptions for the drug have significantly increased in the US over the past decade. This article reviews best practices for prescribing benzodiazepines in primary care and explains how providers can best prevent and treat benzodiazepine use disorder and other harmful effects.

Mental health problems among youth experiencing sex trafficking

Fazio, Nicole; Lynch, Jenna; Devlin, Maura; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(1):6-11, January 2021.

There are an estimated 4.8 million victims of sex trafficking (ST) globally, and 21% of these victims are children or adolescents. Victims of ST are at risk for mental health problems, and it is critical that primary care providers can accurately identify and treat them.

Improving SBIRT in a nurse-managed clinic serving homeless patients with substance use disorder

Kerrins, Ryan B.; Hemphill, Jean Croce

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(6):42-49, June 2020.

A nurse-managed clinic in Northeast Tennessee that mainly serves unstably housed patients launched a process improvement project to evaluate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) implementation and use. These findings could guide future SBIRT efforts among vulnerable groups.

Substance use disorder: Screening adolescents in primary care

Mackavey, Carole; Kearney, Kelly

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):25-32, May 2020.

Adolescence is a time for experimentation, which can lead to impulsive decision-making and risky behavior that could cause harm. Many primary care clinicians lack training in managing positive substance use screens. Screening adolescent patients in primary care can help identify, prevent, and treat substance use disorder.