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Depression for general practice nurses

Dr Gerry Morrow MBChB MRCGP Dip CBT

Editor CKS, Medical & Product Director (Primary Care) Agilio Software


Depression is characterised by persistent low mood and/or loss of pleasure in most activities and a range of associated emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioural symptoms. Depressive disorders are very common. General practice nurses are ideally placed to recognise possible signs of depression in patients they see for management of their long-term conditions, especially when low mood starts to interfere with self-care.


After working through this module, you should:

  • Understand risk factors for, and complications of, depression
  • Be familiar with the diagnostic criteria for depression and know when and how to administer recommended questionnaires
  • Be aware of the risk of suicide and how to discuss it with sensitivity
  • Be able to discuss the main management options, including medication, psychological intervention and compulsory admission

This resource is provided at an intermediate level. Read the article, answer the self-assessment questions and reflect on what you have learned.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.