Acute Psychiatry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443103056

Acute Psychiatry

1st Edition

Authors: Matthew Castle Rachel Jones
Paperback ISBN: 9780443103056
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 24th October 2007
Page Count: 228

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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.

Key Features

  • Instant-access pocketbook of psychiatry covering patient assessment, diagnosis and management of common psychiatric conditions and psychiatric emergencies
  • Concentrates on the information needed while on the ward or in the emergency department, using an easily accessible style with bullet points and short paragraphs
  • The first section, which covers patient assessment, is particularly useful for the clinical sections of the MRCPsych and similar exams
  • The second section covers typical presentations such as the deluded patient, the aggressive patient, the suicidal patient and is ideal for 'instant access' in the emergency department
  • The third section covers psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and depressive disorders, concentrating on common and difficult diagnostic issues and management rather than 'textbook' subjects such as aetiology.

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.


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About the Author

Matthew Castle

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in General Adult, Liaison and Neuropsychiatry, North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust, Chelmsford, UK

Rachel Jones

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in General and Forensic Psychiatry, John Howard Centre, Hackney, London, UK