ABC of Depression and Anxiety is a practical guide to the assessment, treatment and management of patients with depression and anxiety as they commonly present in primary care.
It begins with an introduction to the theory and biomedical nature of depression and anxiety, and how depression and anxiety present in different patient groups such as the young, adults, elderly and antenatal/postnatal. It then addresses depression and anxiety as a comorbidity, particularly with chronic illness, and within special populations and settings.
The options for treatment and management of depression and anxiety are considered with guidance on when referral to secondary care may be appropriate and the current best practice in psychological therapies, drug treatment and social interventions. The title concludes with an important chapter on practitioner well-being and a summary chapter employing case-based scenarios to develop the key learning points of the preceding chapters.
ABC of Depression and Anxiety is a resource all general practitioners and family physicians working with patients with depression and anxiety disorders. It is also relevant for primary health care professionals who are part of clinical teams treating patients with depression and anxiety, and conditions where depression and anxiety are common comorbidities, as well as psychologists, counsellors, social workers, and medical and nursing students.
Michele Kambolis (MA) is a registered Child and Family Therapist and Parent Educator and a Registered Clinical Counselor dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues. Kambolis writes a popular and accessible weekly parenting and advice column for the Vancouver Sun called "Parent Traps," which runs across Canada in the Postmedia Network chain of newspapers.