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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
If you are in need of psychiatric hospitalization, the fist thing to do is to have a talk with your child´s psychiatrist about different options and where he feels comfortable taking care of your child. You can visit the different hospitals and inquire about their structure and programs as well.
Good luck to you. ...Read more
Orthomolecular Psy.: It claims that the causes of psychotic disorders are food allergies, low sugar, low thyroid, heavy metal toxicity, pyroluria (improper hemoglobin synthesis), histadelia (high histamine & basophils in blood), & histapenia (high copper with low histamine). So far, use of megavitamins & nutrients to correct such claimed deficits have not proven successful in treating schizophrenia. ...Read more
Not a psychiatrist: We make kids happy at our office! ...Read more
Talk vs. Medication: Clinical psychologist might help you through the life-style changes on emotional, cognitive and behavioral levels through various techniques. While psychiatrist are potentially trained in provision of psychotherapy, their primary focus is medication management if the stress becomes unbearable and functioning of the client is impaired. ...Read more
How much does state health insurance cover for therapy and psychiatry visits? Does it differ state by state?
Yes - Varies: This will vary from state to state. You will want to get a phone number or web site that you can use to check benefit. ...Read more
How does psychiatric genotyping work? I recently had the genecept assay done. Is this the future of psychiatry?
Genes & Imaging:
The future in psychiatry will be characterized by genotyping patients in order to (a) clarify if they are fast or slow metabolizers of medications in order to more accurately dose medications, and to (b) determine if they are likely to respond to a specific medication or brain stimulation treatment.
Functional brain imaging will also help direct psychiatric treatment. ...Read more
What is psychiatry's main explanation for why some people react to adverse circumst. W/ ease and others w/ killing themselves?
Personality types: Personality types, personality disorders, and some psychiatric diseases would determine responding in different occasions. We develop our personalities upon our genetic load, temperament, life experiences, and adaption to life events. Some individuals are most likely to react in a catastrophic manner, act dramatically and even drastically in certain circumstances, while others do the opposite. ...Read more
Do universities or researches ever recruit for case studies? (not looking to get paid) neurology, maybe psychiatry psychology?
Yes: Look up clinicaltrials. Gov on the internet. You can find studies that might be of interest to you and give information on recruitment. ...Read more
What is the difference between psychopharmacology and psychiatry? Would a psychopharmacologist help more in finding the correct medicine?
Definitions: A psychopharmacologist is typically a psychiatrist who identifies as having studied psychiatric medications in significant depth and has a very technical approach to medication management. If someone is looking for purely medication management and possibly has had difficulties finding a helpful medication in the past, then a psychopharmacologist is a good option to try. ...Read more
Some psych manuals question if cymbalta (duloxetine) even has a place in psychiatry...I disagree -does any one feel the same as the manuals?
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