oa South African Family Practice - Mental illness in general practice : industry news

Volume 53, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Detecting and treating mental illness in general practice has always been challenging. Newer pharmacological agents like agomelatine, indicated for major depressive disorder, have a different and possibly superior side-effect profile than conventional antidepressants. Since side-effects of antidepressants is a major reason for non-compliance, it is hoped that this will improve treatment rates and compliance. Despite these newer treatments, the general practitioner is challenged to detect psychiatric disorders and treat and monitor recovery during a 10-minute consultation. This feature explores some of the factors that influence low detection rates, and introduces a unique DVD set that discusses 13 psychiatric disorders in a uniquely South African way.

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