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Mental disorders in the general medical network (electronic educational course, 36 hours)

Audience category: doctors of all clinical specialties

The complexity of the program: 36 academic hours.

Form of training: distance learning by means of an electronic educational environment with the use of interactive communication technologies.


Often, patients suffering from some forms of mental disorders (depressive, anxiety, somatoform disorders, eating disorders) turn to somatic specialists, which is due to the peculiarities of their complaints and condition. Depressive and anxiety disorders, occupy the first positions in the prevalence of mental disorders and may include somatic complaints, which encourage the patient to initially contact non-psychiatric specialists. One of the most severe symptoms of depressive disorder, including in cases where the patient did not receive timely assistance to the required extent or was not informed about the treatment, is a suicidal risk.

An important aspect is the provision of assistance to patients receiving treatment with antipsychotic drugs, which is often associated with undesirable effects and deterioration of the somatic state.

Taking into account the prevalence and variety of symptoms and manifestations of mental disorders, the appeal to specialists of the somatic profile, the severe consequences in cases of late provision of specialized care, the lack of understanding of the symptoms and types of mental disorders on the part of non-psychiatric specialists, the issue of informing about the main mental disorders is relevant.

The help of specialists in the field of mental health is presented in the course in the form of a part devoted to mental disorders, their features and identification. As well as a part dedicated to the issues of psychotherapeutic assistance in order to inform the audience about the main approaches and features of this direction.

Taking into account the importance of building contact with patients with different levels of mental characteristics in order to improve the quality of care and treatment adherence, as well as the importance of effective communication with colleagues in order to work effectively in the context of interdisciplinary and team approaches, students will be introduced to the main issues of communication and behavior in conflict situations.

After completing the course, students will acquire the skills to recognize and identify the most common mental disorders in the general medical network. They will learn how to use clinical scales, as part of their specialty, to assess the mental state of the patient. They will master the techniques of effective communication and behavior in conflict situations.

The course will use video lectures. Tests to control the knowledge gained. The recommended scales and tables will be provided in the annexes.

Curators of the professional development cycle:

  1. Natalia Romashkina, psychiatrist of the Center for Personalized Medicine of the State Medical Institution of the Moscow State Medical Center named after A. S. Loginov DZM;
  2. Kurenkov Sergey Vladimirovich, medical psychologist of the Center for Personalized Medicine of the State Medical Institution of the Moscow State Medical Center named after A. S. Loginov DZM.

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