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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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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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