You will learn how to optimise therapy by managing residual symptoms and treatment non-adherence. We will describe the common residual symptoms of depression, the impact of these symptoms and how to manage them.
You will gain an understanding of the common reasons why patients may not adhere to their treatment, and how to overcome such reasons and improve adherence in your patients. You will also learn how to switch between antidepressants, and when and why this may be appropriate.
You will determine how to manage depression in patients with physical health conditions and how best to use antidepressants in patients with comorbid medical conditions, including cardiac conditions.
Finally, we will discuss the aims of long-term support for patients, focusing on the types of self-help support available, and support aimed at preventing relapse. We will also address how to recognise when it is right to stop therapy, and how to do this safely.