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Mental Health

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   8/22/2019
  • Contains:  22 items
A collection on the treatment and management of mental health in primary care.
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Treating co-occurring chronic low back pain & generalized anxiety disorder

Janzen, Kristina; Peters-Watral, Brenda

The Nurse Practitioner. 41(1):12-18, January 16, 2016.

The complex, bidirectional correlation between chronic low back pain (CLBP) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), common ailments in primary care, can increase the risk of inadequate treatment. This article reviews the relationship between CLBP and GAD and provides optimal management strategies for NPs caring for individuals with this dyad.

Depression in the college population: An E-S-A approach to primary prevention

Lazenby, Ramona Browder

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(2):33-39, February 2011.

NPs working on college campuses are vital to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of depression. Every year untreated depression results in school failure, social isolation, promiscuity, self-medication with drugs and alcohol, and suicide. On a college campus, collaboration between the student health clinic and the counseling center is an optimal approach to preventive counseling and treatment for depression.

Speak the language of autism

McCravy, Stephanie; Johnson, Arlene; Wetsel, Margaret A.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(4):26-33, April 2010.

Primary care NPs should be able to recognize the clinical signs of autism, analyze the disorder using diagnostic tools, and provide management and referral options for families with autistic children.

End the bipolar tug-of-war

Valente, Sharon M.; Kennedy, Barbara L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(2):36-45, February 2010.

People with bipolar disorder use three to four times more healthcare resources, spend four times more on healthcare, and account for approximately 15% of psychiatric admissions. In most cases, the goal of treatment is to stabilize the patient, and NPs should collaborate with a psychiatrist on diagnosis and treatment.