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Postnatal depression

01 April 2000

Mental Health Practice


Aims and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to examine the available research into mood disorders around the time of birth, and to consider how...

Loneliness: a challenge for nurses caring for older people

01 June 2006

Nursing Older People


Loneliness is a complex concept that involves both psychological and social aspects. This article explores loneliness and the impact it can have on older people. It...

Linking chronic pain and depression

07 March 2001

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Patients experiencing chronic pain often seem to develop depression. Much research has been carried out into the potential biological, social and...

Development of a mental health self-help guide for survivors

09 April 2010

Cancer Nursing Practice


As more people are living with or beyond cancer, the unmet needs of patients have become more apparent. Survivors identify the time after completing treatment as one...

Screening for dementia and depression in older people

01 March 2000

Mental Health Practice


Aims and intended learning outcomes The practice of screening and assessing the mental health status of older people living in the community can be carried out by...

Antidepressant discontinuation syndromes: A review of presentation and management

01 February 2000

Mental Health Practice


Any healthcare professional involved in looking after patients taking antidepressant medication should be aware of the existence of antidepressant discontinuation...

Depression and sexual dysfunction: the role of the mental health nurse

01 July 2007

Mental Health Practice


Mental health nurses have a key role to play in patient education, with particular reference to sexual dysfunction (SD) affecting quality of life with conditions...

Managing depression: an overview

01 June 2004

Mental Health Practice


Depression is a common health problem but it is both under-detected and under-treated. It is a complex condition with no single known cause: biological, social and...

Cognitive behavioural therapy: helping the client find her voice

01 May 2005

Mental Health Practice


Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) enjoys a good press. In recent years it has remained the most evidence-based form of psychotherapy (Leahy and Holland 2000). Its...

Banishing the blues

01 October 2008

Mental Health Practice


In the UK primary care is the first point of contact for most individuals seeking health care. In about 30 per cent of primary care consultations, mental health...