07. Psychiatry | Depression

07. Psychiatry | Depression

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In Episode 7 of the GP Core Content podcast, we talk about Depression, and describe the key features on history, examination, investigation, management as well as the diagnostic criteria, for use in the RACGP KFP, AKT, OSCE.


  1. Remember Depression as one of the Masquerades.
  2. Memorise the DSM-V criteria
  3. Memorise the suicide risk assessment list
  4. Know some medications – drug names, doses, durations, frequency
  5. Be able to list non-pharmacological management of depression
  6. Know the Involuntary Treatment Legislative criteria

OPP (Other People’s Podcasts)

CrackCast – Mood Disorders

This episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s Chapter 101 (9th Ed.), mood disorders. The podcast will focus on the diagnosis and management of common mood disturbances.

CrackCast – Suicide

This episode of CRACKCast covers Rosen’s Chapter 115, Suicide (Chapter 105, 9th Edition). This is the last chapter in the psychiatric section of Rosen’s. Dealing with patients with suicidal ideations, or who have attempted to commit suicide can be difficult, especially in terms of risk stratifying patients to determine whether they are safe to go home, or need admission for further psychiatric assessment. This chapter will cover risk factors, protective factors, and assessment of the suicidal patient.

Episode 20 – August 15, 2016 AFP: American Family Physician
Aug 29, 2016

Lupus (1:10), screening for depression (3:50), corticosteroids for asthma (5:20), meniscal tear (7:10), alirocumab (8:20), well-child visits (11:20), failure to thrive (13:10), hospital readmission (17:40), delirium (19:50), pioglitazone (21:10), behavioral management of dementia (22:10).

Episode 14 – May 15, 2016 AFP: American Family Physician
May 18, 2016

Sarcoidosis (1:00), smoking cessation (4:50), peripartum depression (8:00), acute abdominal pain in children (11:40), flibanserin (16:20), and Zika virus (20:00). May 15th, 2016 issue of AFP.


Study Guide

  1. http://gpcorecontent.com/study-guide-mental-health/ – lists all the AFP articles in Mental Health
  2. Red Book – https://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/guidelines/redbook/10-psychosocial/101-depression/
  3. https://www.racgp.org.au/education/gpmhsc/gp-resources/suicide-prevention/2-early-detection-of-risk/depression
  4. Murtaghs – Depression – http://murtagh.mhmedical.com/Content.aspx?bookid=1522&sectionid=116025005
  5. Murtaghs – Anxiety – http://murtagh.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=1522&sectionid=116037836
  6. Murtaghs – Fatigue – http://murtagh.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=1522&sectionid=116036718


RACGP AFP Articles Tagged with Topic “Mental health”