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Anxiety and Depression in Children and Youth - Diagnosis and Treatment (2010) Full Guideline (PDF 446K)
Appendix A: Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Youth (PDF 49K)
Appendix B: Treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Depression in Children and Youth (PDF 73K)
Appendix C: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) Monitoring Form (PDF 52K)
Appendix D: Measurement of Functional Change in depressed and/or Anxious Patients (PDF 35K)
Resource Guide: Information Sources for Physicians (PDF 73K)
Resource Guide: Information Sources for Families (PDF 94K)
Anxiety in Children and Youth: A Guide for Parents (PDF 101K)
Depression in Children and Youth: A Guide for Parents (PDF 61K)
Cognitive Impairment: Recognition, Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care (2014) Full Guideline (PDF 1.3M)
Appendix A: Dementia Sub-Types (PDF 126K)
Appendix B: Clinical Features of Dementia, Delirium and Depression (PDF 131K)
Appendix C: Delirium Screening and Assessment Tools – CAM & PRISME (PDF 136K)
Appendix D: Depression Screening Tools (PDF 133K)
Appendix E: Comprehensive Pharmacotherapy Information for Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors and Memantine (PDF 155K)
Appendix F: Medication Table (for the treatment of cognitive impairment in the elderly) (PDF 574K)
The Alzheimer's Questionnaire (PDF 119K)
Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (PDF 685K)
Clock Drawing Test (PDF 147K)
Montreal Cognitive Assessment (PDF 662K)
Geriatric Depression Scale (short form) (PDF 136K)
Global Deterioration Scale (PDF 117K)
Clinical Action Plan (flow sheet) (PDF 130K)
Guide for Patients & Caregivers (PDF 274K)
Resource Guide for Physicians (PDF 261K)
Major Depressive Disorder in Adults: Diagnosis & Management (2013) Full Guideline (PDF 850K)
Appendix A: Medications that Mimic Mood Disorders (PDF 100K)
Appendix B: First-Line Psychotherapies for Treatment of Depression (PDF 99K)
Appendix C: First-Line Antidepressants (PDF 138K)
Appendix D: Switching Antidepressants (PDF 117K)
Appendix E: Discontinuation Syndrome of Antidepressant Medications (PDF 97K)
Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) (PDF 41K)
Example of a Safety Plan (PDF 16K)
Resource Guide: Information Sources for Physicians (PDF 145K)
Resource Guide: Information Sources for Patients (PDF 140K)
Problem Drinking (2013) Full Guideline (PDF 1.1M)
Problem Drinking Part 1 - Screening and Assessment (PDF 573K)
Appendix A - Standard Drink Size Illustration (PDF 195K)
Alcohol Screening Note (PDF 154K)
Problem Drinking Part 2 - Brief Intervention (PDF 377K)
Brief Intervention Follow-up Note (PDF 147K)
Problem Drinking Part 3 - Office Based Management of Alcohol Withdrawal and Prescribing Medications for Alcohol Dependence (PDF 370K)
Appendix A - Prescription Medication Table for Alcohol Dependence (PDF 142K)

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