Mental health groups in Canada unveil PTSD program for doctors

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a rising issue in Canada. So much so that more and more often, doctors in health clinics and emergency rooms are being confronted with patients whose symptoms they cannot readily identify.

That could change with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Netowrk (CDRIN), and the Canadian Medical Association announcing a PTSD program meant to train general care and family physicians in recognizing and referring post-traumatic stress in their patients.

"Eighty-five per cent of people who present with mental-health problems, including PTSD, present to their family physician," said Mr. Chenier, now the project manager for the Mood Disorders Society. "Family physicians do not have the tools or the time, in a lot of cases, to deal with it – or even to diagnose it."

The idea came from a 2006 roundtable of mental-health stakeholders in Canada who identified the lack of training for family physicians as the top obstacle for improving mental health care in Canada.

The PTSD section is the newest addition to an ongoing mental health course being given to doctors throughout Canada in order to improve mental health care in the country.

 
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