GPs cautious with psychiatric diagnoses

GPs prefer a “watchful waiting” approach to psychiatric diagnosis rather than rushing to give patients a label, an Australian study finds.

Writing in Australasian Psychiatry, researchers said GPs had often been told in the past they “could do better” when it came to diagnosing mental illness.

However, after running in-depth workshops, they concluded GPs simply took a different approach to mental illness, spending more time than psychiatrists ruling out other possibilities