Screening for depression in adults – update
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Thriving in Recovery – SSNS Conference
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PTSD education day in Antigonish
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Long-term benzodiazepine use, evidence for discontinuation strategies
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Working closely with her and her family doctor, Mrs. Bishop’s pharmacist helped her stop her sleeping pill use and get a better night’s sleep than she has had in years. Her pharmacist guided her through the workbook Sink Into Sleep. It was the amount of time the pharmacist spent with her and the listening that he did that impressed her most.
Geraldine was very concerned about antidepressant side effects. She had tried one but stopped it quickly. Her pharmacist provided her with information about local therapists, however she was unable to afford psychotherapy. Upon her family doctor’s suggestion she joined the Bloom Program. At her first meeting with the pharmacist she discussed the pros and cons of several antidepressants and had all of her questions answered. Still hesitant, she selected one that her doctor then prescribed. The team’s plan included a weekly appointment with her pharmacist as treatment was initiated, which she found very helpful.
Tom wasn’t budgeting his money well to cover groceries, cigarettes, and medicines. His diabetes self care was inconsistent – he didn’t use insulin as prescribed because his easting habits were unpredictable. With the collaborative efforts of his pharmacist and physician, Tom is getting help with his monthly budget for groceries, managing anxiety, and smoking cessation, in that order and is doing better with his diabetes care.
Betsy’s symptoms had responded well to her third antipsychotic trial, prescribed by a consulting psychiatrist. However, she was now feeling restless and was pacing excessively. Not sure if it was a side effect, she didn’t mention it to her family doctor. She told her pharmacist that she was skipping doses and this seemed to help lessen the pacing. Her pharmacist helped her understand that this could be a side effect and the options for managing it. With Betsy’s consent, her pharmacist called her doctor to discuss this further. Betsy agreed to treat the side effect with another medication, which she did so successfully, and she was able to continue with the antipsychotic.
Dr. Carr contacted Serena’s pharmacist who agreed to provide a medication consultation. Serena, in her late 60s, was taking several medications including anxiety, sleep, pain, stomach, and blood pressure medications, some prescribed by her family doctor and others by specialists she had seen. She was now experiencing extreme weakness and falls. With careful attention to Serena’s concerns about reducing or stopping her medications, the pharmacist proposed a plan to Serena and her family doctor for adjusting her medications with a specific focus on reducing her risk of falls. The plan is now underway.
At the hospital discharge meeting, Katherine had many questions about her daughter’s new medications. She was concerned that Georgia’s first outpatient appointment was not for over three weeks. The team recommended the Bloom Program. Katherine was reassured when she spoke about this when visiting the pharmacy. She scheduled both telephone and in-person meetings to provide interim follow-up and to answer any questions along the way. She said the easy access and time provided by the pharmacist was critical for getting over several bumps along the way. Her pharmacist continues to work closely with Katherine, Georgia, and her psychiatrist.
Alex was upset to learn that her medications were quite expensive. She was no longer employed and had no insurance benefits to cover their costs. She was already stressed about how to pay for rent, food, and getting around. After speaking with the pharmacist she was somewhat relieved to learn of different options that might suit her situation (e.g., Family Pharmacare, manufacturer’s patient support programs, less expensive treatment alternatives). He offered to look into the options for her, and started by giving her doctor a call to discuss the situation further.
To learn more about the Bloom Program call or visit a pharmacy offering the program. You will also find lots of information about the program as well as mental health and addictions resources on this website.