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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is there anything therapeutic, in the strict sense of the word, about psychiatry and psychological analyses?
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
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
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
I have read the kaplan & sadock's comprehensive textbook of psychiatry 9th, but confused in memory area, how it works, any help or reference? Best regards
2 Books: I would recommend daniel seagal, md's book the developing mind as well as john raty, md's book a user's guide to the brain. Good explainations and enjoyable to read. ...Read more
I feel like I have some psychological deficit. I was the high achiever type and became sick 3 months ago, and am not getting better. The Dr is referring me to psychiatry...
Consult outcome: I am assuming your dr is referring you to psychiatry because you don't have any other diagnosed illness and he/she may think it is a psychiatric illness. I think you may benefit from an initial consult with a psychiatrist, however psychotherapy may be an option too and a psychiatrist would be able to make that assessment after speaking with you. ...Read more