By Linda Gask

A brief advent to Psychiatry is designed to offer readers a transparent photograph of the occupation of psychiatry because it is this day in addition to an realizing of the topic from which to improve additional learn.

The writer describes the advance of the occupation, the path to qualification and the scope of latest perform, together with the paintings performed by way of psychiatrists in a number specialisms - from baby psychiatry to habit companies and forensic psychiatry. Drawing at the event of people that were via psychiatric remedy, the e-book additionally explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's standpoint.

Many criticisms were levelled opposed to the occupation and the writer, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates that have been and stay performed out among psychiatry's critics and its defenders.

A brief creation to Psychiatry is for someone having a look into psychiatry for the 1st time, even if in order to education or out of extra common curiosity

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Only a minority of those people in the community with mental health problems will ever see a psychiatrist. The majority of people (more than 90 per cent of those with mental health problems) are treated by their general practitioners. The general practitioner is therefore the primary gatekeeper to specialist mental health care, in the same way as he or she is to other forms of specialist medical care (Gater et al. 1991). qxd 40 5/21/04 2:35 PM Page 40 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRY practitioners act as gatekeepers to health care, such as Holland and Denmark.

Possibly the original ‘eccentric’ psychiatrist? See Bewley (1998). 2. Milieu therapy is ‘a means of providing an integrated, stable, and coherent context in which the optimal combination of specific treatments can be given to the patient’. Group meetings that encourage participation in information sharing, decision making and conflict resolution are a prominent feature – not as ends in themselves but as means of achieving a therapeutic goal (Campbell 1989: 757–8). 3. Women began to enter the speciality in the UK around the turn of the twentieth century.

1999). • ability to communicate effectively with mentally ill patients of all ages and developmental levels • ability to take a full psychiatric history and mental state examination • ability to formulate a differential diagnosis • ability to consider family relationships and their impact on individuals • ability to perform physical and simple psychological investigations in patients presenting with psychological symptoms • ability to assess suicidal risk They agreed that it was important that students demonstrate a commitment to maximizing the social integration of patients with mental health problems and be sensitive to patient concerns about the stigma attaching to mental illness.

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