Mental health

June 2011

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Mental health

June 2011 Vol 40 (6) 353-466

The theme for the June issue of AFP is Mental health. This month's articles include Antidepressant use, Mental health risk assessment – a guide for GPs, Anxiety disorders – assessment and management in general practice, Managing borderline personality disorder and substance use – an integrated approach and Anxiety and depression – online resources and management tools.


Antidepressant use

Christopher Harrison, Helena Britt, Janice Charles

Mental health risk assessment

A guide for GPs

Sivasankaran Balaratnasingam

Anxiety disorders

Assessment and management in general practice

Michael Kyrios, Richard Moulding, Maja Nedeljkovic

Managing borderline personality disorder and substance use

An integrated approach

Dan I Lubman, Kate Hall, Amy Pennay, Sathya Rao

Anxiety and depression

Online resources and management tools

Julia Reynolds, Kathleen Griffiths, Helen Christensen

Up front

A leg to stand on

Kath O’Connor

Letters to the editor



Karen Mc Kertich

Bennett fracture dislocation

Review and management

Craig Brownlie, Daniel Anderson

Combination antidepressants

Use by GPs and psychiatrists

David Horgan, Seetal Dodd

Women who smoke

A review of the evidence

Colin P Mendelsohn

Ruffled wound suturing

Closing wounds with sides of unequal lengths

Dai Tran


Patient initiated aggression

Prevalence and impact for general practice staff

Pushpani Herath, Laura Forrest, Ian McRae, Rhian Parker

Folic acid in pregnancy

Is there a link with childhood asthma or wheeze?

Eleanor Sharland, Brett David Montgomery, Raquel Granell

Response rates in GP surveys

Trialling two recruitment strategies

Billie Bonevski, Parker J Magin, Graeme Horton, Mark Foster, Afaf Girgis

Electronic care plans and medicolegal liability

Moira Paterson, Kay M Jones, Peter Schattner, Akuh Adaji, Leon Piterman

Recommending vaccination

General practice intervention with new parents

Tracy Cheffins, Margaret Spillman, Sarah Larkins, Clare Heal


Explaining the unexplainable

Crafting explanatory frameworks for medically unexplained symptoms

Louise Stone

How to complete a death certificate

A guide for GPs

Sara Bird


A patient’s account

Ann Blond

Back pages

Book reviews

Clinical challenge

Nyoli Valentine


AFP Podcasts

Interviews June 2011

Online resources and management tools for anxiety and depression

Julia Reynolds discusses the diverse range of online resources and management tools for anxiety and depression offered by Australian providers and the ways in which general practitioners can assist their patients to access these resources

Duration: 8 minutes 54 seconds
File size: 2MB

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Anxiety disorders

Professor Michael Kyrios discusses the diagnosis, assessment and management of anxiety disorders in the general practice setting.

Duration: 19 minutes 14 seconds
File size: 4MB

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Borderline personality disorder and substance use

Professor Dan Lubman discusses how the general practitioner can provide effective support for patients with co-occurring borderline personality disorder and substance use disorder, including approaches to assessment and treatment, the therapeutic relationship, referral pathways and managing risk and chronic suicidality

Duration: 21 minutes 45 seconds
File size: 5MB

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Mental health risk assessment - a guide for GPs

Dr Siva Bala discusses risk assessment of patients with possible mental disorders and provides suggestions regarding measures that may be undertaken to manage risk in psychiatric emergencies

Duration: 19 minutes 17 seconds
File size: 4MB

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