General practitioner management of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ashvini Munindradasa, Grant Blashki, Sally Hall Dykgraaf, Jane Desborough, Michael Kidd

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    Abstract

    Background Psychological issues are common presentations in general practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a ‘perfect storm’ for the deterioration of mental health. General practitioners (GPs) are ideally placed to provide supports for people with mental health issues. Objective The objective of this article is to provide an overview of management approaches for mental health issues, paying attention to fostering resilience and lifestyle factors, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic period. Discussion While feelings of fear and anxiety are expected in these uncertain times, some people may experience an exacerbation of a mental illness or develop a mental health issue for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of resources available to GPs is provided, and case studies are used to demonstrate how these resources can be used to support assessment and management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)472-477
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
    Volume50
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

    Keywords

    • COVID-19
    • mental health
    • general practitioner
    • GPs
    • resilience
    • Lifestyle factors

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