The Concise Psych Guide to Treating Depression & Anxiety in the Primary Care Setting

Online Course for Family Practice, Internal Medicine, & OB-GYN Clinicians!

Dr. Prashant Sharma, a Board Certified Psychiatrist with prior experience in Primary Care teaches this self-paced online course on Treating Depression & Anxiety effectively in the Primary Care Setting.

The course consists of a total of 6 modules. Module 1 consists of a short introduction to the course. Modules 2 and 3 pertain to etiology and treatment of Depression and Anxiety. It includes Medication Guides (which medications to use when, common side effects, contraindications, etc. - includes SSRIs, SNRIs, Anxiolytics, Atypical Antipsychotics, Mood Stabilizers) along with Lifestyle Modification handouts for patients in Module 4. You will have 1-2 page guides to keep as a resource in the clinic to refer to quickly (especially when you need to choose a medication for a patient efficiently/safely), and you will have PDF files that you can print/email for patients right at the visit for recommendations like Square Breathing, Therapy Resources, Behavioral Activation, etc. The medication guides in particular have been very popular with participants.

Module 5 pertains to Reproductive or Perinatal Psychiatry - what medications are safe in pregnancy, how to counsel pregnant patients effectively/safely (ensuring they feel empowered), and what symptoms/side effects to look out for. Module 6 is Smart Documentation - this comes with quick phrases you can incorporate into your EMR so it saves you time when documenting on patients with psychiatric diagnoses (common medication adverse effects, suicide risk assessment, etc.).



Dr. Suresh Lohano, Primary Care Physician

"As a primary care physician, I am often faced with the challenge of managing patients with depression and anxiety who do not necessarily require specialist referrals. This course has been a game-changer in this regard.

The course is beautifully crafted and written with a simplicity that makes it easy for practicing physicians to understand and apply. It provides a comprehensive approach to the management of common psychological disorders seen in primary care settings. What stands out particularly are the non-medicinal therapies and insomnia treatments that have proved to be immensely helpful.

The concisely developed tables provided in the course have become an indispensable part of my daily practice. They are a quick reference guide that assists in making informed decisions about patient care. Moreover, the course also offers simple but effective handouts for patients, aiding them in better understanding their condition and the treatment plan.

The fact that the course is available in audio format is an added advantage for busy clinicians like myself. It allows me to learn on-the-go without compromising on my work commitments.

In conclusion, the Concise Psych Guide to Treating Depression & Anxiety is one of the best resources available for primary care providers. It's a perfect blend of simplicity, practicality, and effectiveness, making it a must-have for anyone looking to enhance their skills in managing depression and anxiety in their patients."

Dr. Nathan Miller, Primary Care Physician

"I highly recommend this course. I learned more about the features and manifestations of both depression and anxiety, I now have medication guides I can keep with me in the clinic to help my decision making with patients. I have never come across a course as comprehensive as this when it comes to depression and anxiety treatment in the primary care setting. Thank you Prashant!"


About Dr. Prashant Sharma, Host of the Course

Dr. Prashant Sharma is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Former Primary Care Physician. As a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force, Dr. Sharma became familiar with the demand for mental healthcare in primary care and lack of resources. After leaving the military, he completed his Psychiatry Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He created this course as a way of increasing access to knowledge about psychiatric management of depression & anxiety for clinicians across medicine. He is also an Instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Questions? Email Dr. Sharma directly at [email protected]

Course Details

Course Overview

Module 1: Introduction & Overview of how to use the material and community.
Module 2: Depression Etiology/Impacts (including substances, personality), Medication guides (easy to refer tables that you can use in clinic) including SSRIs, SNRIs, Wellbutrin, TCAs, Atypical Antipsychotics, and Mood Stabilizers.
Module 3: Anxiety and it's different types (GAD, phobias, etc.), Non benzo and benzo Anxiolytics and when to use them, (easy to refer tables that you can use in clinic) Lifestyle modifications and strategies to incorporate including free tools.
Module 4: Therapy Referrals and Strategies. Types of Therapy and Resource Handouts to give patients about Sleep Hygiene, Behavioral Activation, Mindfulness, etc. These resource handouts are aesthetically pleasing and attractive to patients. You can give it directly to them at the visit or send it to them electronically.
Module 5: Perinatal Psychiatry. What medications to use during pregnancy (easy to refer table that you can use in clinic) and how to have a risk vs risk discussion with the patient, allowing the mother to feel empowered and in control.
Module 6: Smart Documentation to help you ensure you record your discussions with the patient into the medical record. Quick Phrases that are easy to incorporate into your medical record and workflow, thus decreasing your stress levels and saving you time.