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Violent/Aggressive Patient – Australian Review 2011

1 In certain patient populations (e.g., intoxicated patients, psychiatric patients, patients with a history of violent behaviour): Anticipate possible violent or aggressive behaviour. Recognize warning signs of violent/aggressive behaviour. Have a plan of action before assessing the patient (e.g., stay

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Stress – UpToDate

1 In a patient presenting with a symptom that could be attributed to stress (e.g., headache, fatigue, pain) consider and ask about stress as a cause or contributing factor. Acute Stress Physical Response Emotional Response  ↑ACTH, epi + norepi, glucocorticoids

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Somatization – AAFP2007

Somatization Definition: Patients with somatization disorder experience their emotional distress or difficult life situation through physical symptoms, where no physiologic explanation can be found A syndrome of physical symptoms that are distressing (cause impairment in functioning) and may not be

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Schizophrenia – CJP

1 In adolescents presenting with problem behaviours, consider schizophrenia in the differential diagnosis. Differential Diagnosis of Psychosis – GASPP General medical condition: head tumor/trauma, dementia/delirium, metabolic/infection/stroke, temporal lobe epilepsy Affective disorders: bipolar / depression with psychotic features Substance induced: intoxication/withdrawal,

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Mental Competency – AAFP 2001

1 In a patient with subtle symptoms or signs of cognitive decline (e.g., family concerns, medication errors, repetitive questions, decline in personal hygiene), Initiate assessment of mental competency, including use of a standardized tool, Refer for further assessment when necessary.

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Insomnia – BCguidelines 2004

1 In patients presenting with sleep complaints, take a careful history to: distinguish insomnia from other sleep-related complaints that require more specific treatment (e.g., sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, including periodic limb movements, restless legs syndrome, sleepwalking, or sleep

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Grief – UpToDate

Bereavement is the reaction to the loss of a close relationship. Grief is the emotional response  (subjective feeling) caused by a loss including pain, distress, and physical and emotional suffering. Mourning refers to the psychological process through which the bereaved

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