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Managing Difficult Encounters: Understanding Physician, Patient, and Situational ...

Mar 15, 2013 - Family physicians commonly find themselves in difficult clinical encounters. These encounters often leave the physician feeling frustrated. The patient may also be dissatisfied with these encounters because of unmet needs, unfulfilled expectations, and unresolved medical issues. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p419.html

Somatoform Disorders - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2007 - The somatoform disorders are a group of psychiatric disorders that cause unexplained physical symptoms. They include somatization disorder (involving multisystem physical symptoms), undifferentiated somatoform disorder (fewer symptoms than somatization disorder), conversion disorder ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1101/p1333.html

The Physician's Role in Managing Acute Stress Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2012 - Acute stress disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis that may occur in patients within four weeks of a traumatic event. Features include anxiety, intense fear or helplessness, dissociative symptoms, reexperiencing the event, and avoidance behaviors. Persons with this disorder are at ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p643.html

Prevention, Recognition, and Management of Serotonin Syndrome - American Family Physician

May 1, 2010 - Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by excessive serotonergic activity in the nervous system. It is characterized by mental status changes, autonomic instability, and neuromuscular hyperactivity. Most reported cases of serotonin syndrome are in patients...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0501/p1139.html

Managing Grief and Depression at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2012 - Psychological distress is common in terminally ill persons and can be a source of great suffering. Grief is an adaptive, universal, and highly personalized response to the multiple losses that occur at the end of life. This response may be intense early on after a loss manifesting ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p259.html

Seasonal Affective Disorder - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - Seasonal affective disorder is a combination of biologic and mood disturbances with a seasonal pattern, typically occurring in the autumn and winter with remission in the spring or summer. In a given year, about 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences seasonal affective disorder, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1037.html

Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2011 - Premenstrual syndrome is defined as recurrent moderate psychological and physical symptoms that occur during the luteal phase of menses and resolve with menstruation. It affects 20 to 32 percent of premenopausal women. Women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder experience affective or ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1015/p918.html

Postpartum Major Depression - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2010 - Postpartum major depression is a disorder that is often unrecognized and must be distinguished from baby blues. Antenatal depressive symptoms, a history of major depressive disorder, or previous postpartum major depression significantly increase the risk of postpartum major depression. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p926.html

Clinical Vignettes in Geriatric Depression - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2011 - The diagnosis of depression in older patients is often complicated by comorbid conditions, such as cerebrovascular disease or dementia. Tools specific for this age group, such as the Geriatric Depression Scale or the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia, may assist in making the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/p1149.html

Personality Disorders: Review and Clinical Application in Daily Practice - American ...

Dec 1, 2011 - Personality disorders have been documented in approximately 9 percent of the general U.S. population. Psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and brief interventions designed for use by family physicians can improve the health of patients with these disorders. Personality disorders are ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1253.html

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2004 - The spectrum of alcohol withdrawal symptoms ranges from such minor symptoms as insomnia and tremulousness to severe complications such as withdrawal seizures and delirium tremens. Although the history and physical examination usually are sufficient to diagnose alcohol withdrawal ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1443.html

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2009 - Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an illness that can cause marked distress and disability. It often goes unrecognized and is undertreated. Primary care physicians should be familiar with the various ways obsessive-compulsive disorder can present and should be able to recognize clues to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0801/p239.html

Behavior Disorders of Dementia: Recognition and Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2006 - Psychosis may pose a greater challenge than cognitive decline for patients with dementia and their caregivers. The nature and frequency of psychotic symptoms varies over the course of illness, but in most patients, these symptoms occur more often in the later stages of disease. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0215/p647.html

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Practical Assessment and Management - American Family ...

May 1, 2009 - Generalized anxiety disorder is common among patients in primary care. Affected patients experience excessive chronic anxiety and worry about events and activities, such as their health, family, work, and finances. The anxiety and worry are difficult to control and often lead to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0501/p785.html

Primary Care for Children with Autism - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2010 - The earliest sign of autism in children is the delayed attainment of social skill milestones, including joint attention, social orienting, and pretend play. Language impairment is a common, but less specific, sign of autism. Repetitive behaviors and restricted interests may not be noted...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0215/p453.html

Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2010 - Anxiety and depression are among the most common conditions cited by those seeking treatment with complementary and alternative therapies, such as exercise, meditation, tai chi, qigong, and yoga. The use of these therapies is increasing. Several studies of exercise and yoga have ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0415/p981.html

Neuropsychological Evaluation in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2010 - Referring a patient to a neuropsychologist for evaluation provides a level of rigorous assessment of brain function that often cannot be obtained in other ways. The neuropsychologist integrates information from the patient’s medical history, laboratory tests, and imaging studies; an ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0901/p495.html

Treatment of Panic Disorder - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2005 - Panic disorder with or without agoraphobia occurs commonly in patients in primary care settings. This article assesses multiple evidence-based reviews of effective treatments for panic disorder. Antidepressant medications successfully reduce the severity of panic symptoms and eliminate ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0215/p733.html

Pharmacologic Management of Adult Depression - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2008 - Major depression is a common and treatable disease. Many patients benefit from pharmacologic treatment and, because there is little variation in antidepressant effectiveness, medication choices should be made based on patient characteristics, safety, and anticipated side effects. Most ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0315/p785.html

Treatment Options for Insomnia - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2007 - The frequency of sleep disruption and the degree to which insomnia significantly affects daytime function determine the need for evaluation and treatment. Physicians may initiate treatment of insomnia at an initial visit; for patients with a clear acute stressor such as grief, no ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0815/p517.html

Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: An Evidence-Based Guide for Primary Care ...

Jul 1, 2009 - Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, but few heavy drinkers receive treatment. Primary care physicians are in a position to address heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders with patients, and can do so quickly and effectively. The ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0701/p44.html

Treatment-Resistant Depression - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2009 - Up to two thirds of patients with major unipolar depression will not respond to the first medication prescribed. Depression may be considered resistant to treatment when at least two trials with antidepressants from different pharmacologic classes (adequate in dose, duration, and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0715/p167.html

The Patient with Excessive Worry - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2006 - Worry is a normal response to uncertainty. Education, empathetic support, reassurance, and passage of time usually ameliorate ordinary worries. However, these common-sense strategies for dealing with transient worries often prove ineffective for patients with excessive worry, many of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0315/p1049.html

Oppositional Defiant Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2008 - Oppositional defiant disorder is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., as a recurrent pattern of developmentally inappropriate, negativistic, defiant, and disobedient behavior toward authority figures. This behavior often appears in the preschool...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1001/p861.html

Mirtazapine: A Newer Antidepressant - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1999 - Mirtazapine is a newer antidepressant that exhibits both noradrenergic and serotonergic activity. It is at least as effective as the older antidepressants for treating mild to severe depression. Sedation is the most common side effect. Although agranulocytosis is the most serious side ...

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