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How to screen people for possible depression

Depression is a complex illness that can be difficult to identify and diagnose.

Atlanthida/Dreamstime.comPharmacists should be mindful of the cues that their patients or customers give (eg, tiredness, difficulty sleeping) that might indicate they have depression.

Simple screening questions can be used as a prompt for referring patients to a GP. Pharmacists can also promote the importance of good mental health, discuss ways to improve mental well-being and signpost people to support groups.

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Useful clinical skills are described in this Clinical Pharmacist series.

Comments on this or other articles are welcomed in the form of personal feedback to the editor or correspondence to Clinical Pharmacist. Pharmacists who have ideas for the series or wish to write an article are invited to contact the editor.

Email: clinicalpharmacist@pharmj.org.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7572 2425

Citation: Clinical PharmacistURI: 11085083

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