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What is decompensation in psychiatry?

What is decompensation in psychiatry?

Loss of function: Decompensation refers to a person losing functionality as a result of strain or stress, usually secondary to life pressures or to a specific disorder such as schizophrenia or depression. The ability to do day-to-day tasks deteriorates, which can be the start of a vicious cycle because it increases stress and strain. ...Read more

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Psychiatry (Definition)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and ...Read more


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Why are misdiagnoses so common for psychiatry?

Why are misdiagnoses so common for psychiatry?

B/c of subjectivity: Misdiagnosis is more common in psychiatry b/c of it's subjective nature. Absence of physical signs, less help from lab work, imaging studies & physical exam. Although, psychiatric diagnoses may be almost as accurate, if a good history is taken, applying dsmiv-tr criteria, ruling out all other possible causes, excellent observation, doing relevant labs, imaging studies & checking 6 major groups. ...Read more

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What are the differences between psychiatry and neuro-psychiatry?

What are the differences between psychiatry and neuro-psychiatry?

Neuropsychiatry: Neuropsychiatry is a field that preceded psychiatry, for studying neuropsychological conditions, comprising psychiatrists & neurologists, until the split when psychiatry became separate field, each with their own governing boards. ...Read more

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Find child psychiatry/il?

Find child psychiatry/il?

Child Psych?: I am not sure what you are asking, but if you need to find a child psychiatrist, maybe start with asking your pediatrician or family doc. ...Read more

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How precise is psychiatry vs psychology?

How precise is psychiatry vs psychology?

Moderately: Precision depends on the practitioner and not the discipline. As in many fields of medicine, many pracitices are understood with a degree of certainty, but many others are vaguely defined. ...Read more

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According to psychiatry, is anyone normal?

According to psychiatry, is anyone normal?

Philosophically...: The "ideal" in medical treatment is to achieve a healthy norm. This is very difficult to achieve, but should always be the goal.

In psychiatry this means helping patients (as much as possible) develop the ability to realistically experience and navigate the world, enabling them to adapt to stressors while they experience life's joys, losses, and disappointments with a healthy range of emotions. ...Read more

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In psychiatry, what is a dsm IV diagnosis?

In psychiatry, what is a dsm IV diagnosis?

DSM: The dsm is the diagnostic manual for psychiatry and describes the criteria for diagnosing psychiatric conditions. ...Read more

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How are psychiatry and neuropsychiatry different?

How are psychiatry and neuropsychiatry different?

Really the same: Neuro psychiatry and psychiatry are synonymous. The first is an older term, which seems to still be popular in some areas of the country. ...Read more

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What is psychology? Is it the same as psychiatry?

What is psychology? Is it the same as psychiatry?

Similar: Psychology is the study of behavior. Clinical psychology is the diagnosis and treatment or mental disorders. Psychiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. These two disciplines have different training and have different focus for treatment. ...Read more

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Can psychiatry cure someone determined to commit suicide?

Psychiatry can help: The human mind-body is not static. The body, thoughts and feelings are constantly changing. Talk therapy has helped many people to change their mind about suicide. In addition, a psychiatrist can prescribe medications which can be helpful for deep depression.
Change is always possible. ...Read more

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Can taking psychiatry medication lead to premature aging?

Can taking psychiatry medication lead to premature aging?

No: No, actually psych meds have been shown to both protect and heal brain damage related to stress and aging. Ssris increase hippocampal volume, thereby healing harmful neuronal damage to this critical memory region of the brain. Lithium is neuroprotective (prevents age related brain neuronal damage)and at the 2013 apa mtg was shown to significantly reduce the risk of dementia in patients with bipolar. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: child psychiatry?

Emotion doc for kids: Child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who goes through another two year training after getting trained in general psychiatry. They treat children and adolescents with emotional/psychiatric/behavioral and developmental problems such as adhd, depression, anxiety, oppositional and defiance, autism etc. After initial diagnostic evaluation they may provide therapy and or medications. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how psychology and psychiatry differ?

Can you please tell me how psychology and psychiatry differ?

Psychiatrist is MD: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry, a branch of medicine, has gone to medical school, completed an internship and residency and maybe further training in child, geriatric, forensic, or addiction psychiatry. Can prescribe medication just like any other md. Psychologists go to graduate school after college, get phd in psychology. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between psychology and psychiatry?

What is the main difference between psychology and psychiatry?

Educational track: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who after completing their graduate courses specialize in the field of psychiatry. Being physicians they are licensed to precribe medications. Psychologists on the other hand studied normal psychology and psychological disorders in a non medical domain. In the usa psychologist can treat mental illness but are not licensed to prescribe medications. ...Read more

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What are the differences between psychiatry and neuropsychiatry?

Type of training: Both psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrists (behavioral neurologists) both start with medical school. Psychiatrists focus on psychiatric disorders, most of which have no identified brain cause; neuropsychiatrists get additional training in neurology and focus on disorders that may have a defined brain problem such as a stroke that is causing or contributing the behavioral difficulties. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how psychiatry and neuropsychiatry differ?

Subspecialty: Neuropsychiatry is a subspecialty in psychiatry that focuses on illnesses that can often be classified as both neurologic and psychiatric. Therefore, neuropsychiatry focuses on psychiatric symptoms related to stroke, seizures, traumatic brain injury, dementia and other diseases affecting the brain. ...Read more

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Is sodium penthotal ever used anymore for something like psychiatry?

Is sodium penthotal ever used anymore for something like psychiatry?

Very rarely now: Sodium Pentothal is a short-acting barbiturate popularly known as "truth serum" -- and still used in anesthesia. For a time it was administered in some psychiatric situations, such as trauma. However, the results may be unreliable because the patient will go along with leading questions. It's hard to tell true from false statements. A false memory syndrome can sometimes result. ...Read more

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How much trouble should kid be in before we send to child psychiatry?

How much trouble should kid be in before we send to child psychiatry?

Do it soon: When in doubt, get a consultation. You may be reassured, or you may have a chance to intervene early before the child gets into more trouble. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the fields of psychology and psychiatry?

Medical training: Psychiatrists go to medical school for 4 years and residency for another four years. Then many take a board examination.

Psychologists get training in a university and obtain a phd. They have to write a thesis and do a internship and sometimes a post doctorate. ...Read more

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What is a personality disorder and can it be treated by drugs / psychiatry?

What is a personality disorder and can it be treated by drugs / psychiatry?

Enduring Patterns: A personality disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual exhibits enduring behaviors and experiences associated with significant stress or disability deviating from social expectations especially in relating to others. Personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations. Ttreament is usually some form of psychotherapy combined with medication management. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the important differences between psychiatry and psychology?

Can you please tell me the important differences between psychiatry and psychology?

READ BELOW: A psychiatrist is a physician, a trained medical doctor. He will probably have more familiarity with medical illness that has psychiological symptoms. Also as a dr hr can prescribe medicaltions. These range from helpful to necessary, because there are things that will not respind to talk therapy or cognitive behavioraltherapy.
As psychologist a ph d has had years of study and can be excellent too. ...Read more

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I am in need of a new dr that's familiar with psychiatry, and can prescribe medication?

Psychiatrist: Ask your GP for a referral to a reputable psychiatrist in your area. It's best not to try to find one out of the phone book. ...Read more

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If you had to choose your specialty all over again, would you choose child psychiatry again?

If you had to choose your specialty all over again, would you choose child psychiatry again?

Yes: I really enjoy working with children & adolescents. A good basis in child psychiatry helps me with adults too. ...Read more

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Is there anything therapeutic, in the strict sense of the word, about psychiatry and psychological analyses?

Is there anything therapeutic, in the strict sense of the word, about psychiatry and psychological analyses?

Yes: Psychiatry and psychological analyses can be very therapeutic in terms of finding some root conflicts that cause emotional problems. ...Read more

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Trying to decide between psychology and psychiatry. What do you think are the benefits of each path? How do I decide?

Trying to decide between psychology and psychiatry. What do you think are the benefits of each path? How do I decide?

Medical model: Training for psychiatry is decidedly very medical - one would have to obtain a MD degree (during which time you are working in various medical specialties that have nothing to do with psych... including surgery, gynecology, cardiology etc), and then at least 4 years of residency (usually starts out with 6 months of internal medicine and 3 months of neurology). ...Read more

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How much does religion inform the practice of psychiatry in america and does this discriminate against nonchristian patients?

How much does religion inform the practice of psychiatry in america and does this discriminate against nonchristian patients?

Spirituality: Psychiatrists are interested in your spirituality because it can be a support to you and your family. Some people are more directly religious, choosing to participate in church, temple or other communities. There's no discrimination against non-christian patients in psychiatry. The psychiatrist may ask about your religion in order to better understand you and what matters to you. ...Read more

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I just got back from Maine and I have a really bad headache. What should I do to make this go away? It hurts and sucks really bad

I just got back from Maine and I have a really bad headache. What should I do to make this go away? It hurts and sucks really bad

Not good publicity: Don't let the people from ME hear your complaint...on the other hand, maybe they'll pay you to keep quiet! Fully paid trip to Vermont! Just don't tell 'em you got a HA in ME! HA! So, is this a first time bad headache or do you get these a lot? Could it have come on from the plane ride? Sometimes changes in barometric pressure or elevational changes from ME to FL can trigger horrible HA's. ...Read more

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Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now I have very thick torso and wide shoulders

Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now I have very thick torso and wide shoulders

Medication effects: Risperdal and Invega are two psychiatric medications that are known for having hormonal effects, but it can't really be said that all psychiatric medications will have such effects. There are many things that can affect hormones and physical changes, and usually lab tests done by a primary care doctor or endocrinologist can help sort it out. ...Read more

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I use "tom's of maine" deoterent that is aluminum free. I sweat a lot so I put it on 3 x a day & I use a lot. Is it possible to overdose?

I use "tom's of maine" deoterent that is aluminum free. I sweat a lot so I put it on 3 x a day & I use a lot. Is it possible to overdose?

Hyperhidrosis: You have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Several treatment options are available for hyperhidrosis. Your doctor will work with you to find the least invasive treatment that relieves symptoms. Nonsurgical treatments for hyperhidrosis may include:
topical medications like drysol or gylcopyrrolate, oral medications, Botox and others. ...Read more