Acute Psychiatry


  • Matthew Castle, MBBS, MRCPsych, Consultant in General Adult, Liaison and Neuropsychiatry, North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust, Chelmsford, UK
  • Rachel Jones, Consultant in General and Forensic Psychiatry, John Howard Centre, Hackney, London, UK

This title is has been written by professionals working in the UK. It is a pocketbook for trainees in psychiatry which gives instant access to the information psychiatrists need in acute clinical situations – how to assess the patient, how to effectively manage psychiatric emergencies as well as the accurate diagnosis and management of common psychiatric conditions.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10305-6

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Clinical Assessment:
The psychiatric history.
The mental state examination.
Differential diagnosis.

SECTION 2 Management of psychiatric emergencies:
Generic approach in acute psychiatry.
The anxious/agitated patient.
The manic/disinhibited patient.
The deluded patient.
The hallucinated patient.
The obsessional patient.
The confused patient.
The patient with poor memory.
Low mood/psychomotor retardation.
The suicidal patient.
The aggressive patient.
A borderline personality disorder in crisis.
The patient who has been banned from hospital or admission.
The liaison patient.

SECTION 3 Management of common psychiatric disorders:
Organic psychiatric disorders.
Alcohol withdrawal.
Drug or alcohol induced psychiatric disorders.
Persistent delusional disorder (PDD).
Schizoaffective disorder.
Manic episode and bipolar affective disorder.
Agoraphobia, social phobia, panic and anxiety disorder.
Borderline personality disorder.