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162276 - Cabrini GP Lecture Series 2019 - Term 3 Lecture 3 Topic: Anxiety

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This GP lecture entitled Anxiety explores the issues that confront GP’s working with patients with anxiety in our community including how to differentiate between anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorder. Review systems in the practice and prioritise areas for improvement in the management of patients with anxiety

Relevance to General Practice

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away–when they're ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. GP's are often the first port-of-call for patients with anxiety disorders; one in 10 people experiencing an anxiety disorder within the past 12 months visited a GP for their mental health problems but did not receive care from any other provider. The Evaluation & Care of Health program showed that GPs treat psychological problems at a rate of 11.5 per 100 encounters & anxiety is the 2nd commonest psychological problem. Only 25% of people with anxiety disorder receive an evidence-based treatment. Improved awareness &education about anxiety can help GPs & patients recognise & manage anxiety disorders

Learning outcomes
  • Differentiate between anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorder, by assessing severity, persistence, contributing factors and impact on the patient
  • Use evidence-based psychological treatments as first line for patients with mild or moderate anxiety
  • Recognise SSRI antidepressant monotherapy as first line for patients with anxiety requiring pharmacological treatment
  • Review the use of polypharmacy for anxiety, recognising the specific but limited role of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines
  • Discuss systems in your practice and prioritise areas for improvement in the management of patients with anxiety
  • Delivery
    Title
    162276 - Cabrini GP Lecture Series 2019 - Term 3 Lecture 3 Topic: Anxiety
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    Duration
    1 hour
    Start Date
    08-Aug-2019
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    1 hour
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