NICE common mental health disorders guideline

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A useful summary of NICE's guideline on the identification of common mental health disorders in primary care.

Up to 15% of the UK population are currently affected by common mental health disorders including depression, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder. Mental health issues can affect quality of life, daily functioning and employment, and can increase risk of disability or suicide. Psychotropic medication and psychological therapies are used to address these conditions. Up to 90% of people with depression or anxiety are treated in primary care, although anxiety is often poorly recognised and under-treated.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides recommendations for improving access to services and identifying common disorders with mental health assessment. It includes an algorithm for the stepped care approach to determining the most appropriate interventions for each mental health disorder.

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