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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Overview)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of mental disorders.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,680 Doctors shared insights

Psychiatry (Overview)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of mental disorders.


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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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Does psychiatry basically ignore the behavioural symptoms?

Does psychiatry basically ignore the behavioural symptoms?

My goodness!: I'm not sure where an idea like this about psychiatry would come from. Behavior is one of the areas in which psychiatric symptoms and disorders express -- so how could we possibly ignore it? Behavior produces objectively observable data. To correctly understand behavior requires information from the patient: thoughts & emotions, both conscious and unconscious. Truly biopsychosocial. ...Read more

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How much precise is the science of psychiatry in the u.S.?

How much precise is the science of psychiatry in the u.S.?

Psychiatry: Over last 10 years its a giant leap in field of mental health better clear understanding of various illnesses as well as development of refined less damaging medications with precise managements available. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to pursue a medical degree in psychiatry?

Can you tell me how to pursue a medical degree in psychiatry?

HS, College: Typically need the following:
1-Complete HS with obtain a GED/Diploma
2. Attend College
3. Take the MCAT exam & get the best scores you can.
4 USA Medical School--meet basic requirements have decent MCAT scores & good referemces. Most USA Med. Schools very competitive.
5. Get State M.D. license.
6. Apply to ACGME approved Psych. Resid.-3-4 yrs.
7. Consider Certification. ...Read more

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Why some people think psychiatry isn't real branch of medicine?

Why some people think psychiatry isn't real branch of medicine?

Defensiveness: I agree with dr. Omrani about ignorance being a big reason. Some people have remarkable abilities in this area. Another is defensiveness, because they are frightened of "those" people with psychiatric problems. It's easier to dismiss an issue than to delve into and understand it. People often do dismiss psychiatry -- until they or their family members need help. Then, the light may dawn. ...Read more

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Can an accurate psychiatry diagnosis come from a 15min session?

Quick diagnosis: Personally, I find it very difficult to diagnose in psychiatry in only 15 minutes unless I have a lot of background information (old records, information provided by family etc) or unless it is an extremely obvious situation (very blatant, severe symptoms). Part of the diagnosis is ruling out things as well, and it would be very hard to ask all the appropriate questions in a short period of time. ...Read more

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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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What is the model of psychiatry and mental health services up in canada?

Canadian Psych.: Basically philosophy is same as far as mission & goals. The canadian classification of mental illnesses follows the world health organization classification (icd), whereas the american follows the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental illnesses (dsm). ...Read more

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When I entered psychiatry I was very hesitant and wanted to turn back, get out. Is my hesitation normal? Who should I trust?

Normal: Talking to a psychiatrist can be anxiety-provoking, but remind yourself that s/he is there to help you. Doctors are held to a high standard of confidentiality, and so you can trust your psychiatrist to respect your privacy. By talking with her/him you may begin to find that you're able to handle other anxiety-provoking situations more easily. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello! I would really appreciate if someone could help me immediately. I have this homework due tomorrow which is about the psychiatry work field.

Hello! I would really appreciate if someone could help me immediately. I have this homework due tomorrow which is about the psychiatry work field.

IMMEDIATELY?: SEEMS YOU NEED TO WORK ON TIME PLANNING FOR STARTERS. ALSO THERE IS THIS THING CALLED RESPONSIBILITY - UNLESS SOME REAL EMERGENCY KEPT YOU FROM DOING THE WORK BEFORE TODAY.
WHEN YOU HAVE A FEW MOMENTS THINK ABOUT BECOMING A MORE RESPONSIBILE STUDENT. IF YOU HAVE REAL PROBLEMS WITH DISTRACTION OR CONCENTRATION THESE SHOULD BE CHECKED OUT BY YOUR DR AND NOT BRUSHED ASIDE. ...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?

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