Prescribing in mental health

Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are becoming increasingly prevalent and frequently pose some of the greatest challenges for the clinician, both in terms of communication and prescribing. Prescribing appropriately, safely and effectively depends upon the clinician's approach to the consultation and to the patient. This article discusses some methods of improving consultation and communication skills to maximise efficiency and safety of prescribing in mental health and explains some of the rationale for choosing to not prescribe.

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