RD03 (2016) Depression and Anxiety

 

Intro:

The problem

·        Common

·        Disabling

Associations

·        Substance abuse

·        Work problems

·        Home problems

Responses

·        Denial

·        Fear of losing job

 

Warning signs:

Depression

·        Low mood

·        Anhedonia

·        Poor performance

·        Withdrawal

Anxiety

·        Worried about small things

·        Refusal to take on new or difficult work

·        Absenteeism vs overly prepared

 

What to do:

D/w person

·        RUOK x n (i.e. may require approaching multiple times)

·        Empathy

·        Suggest: see GP, hospital EAP, phone VDHP or DHAS

D/w another

·        Person’s spouse

·        Trusted colleague (avoid boss or head of dept)

·        Psychiatrist

If dangerous

If affecting care + refusing help:

·        Inform department

·        Inform registration authority

 

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