Category: psychological medicine

Psychological medicine

Aetiology of Psychiatric Disorders Predisposing factors: Determine a person‟s vulnerability to psychological distress.  Causes include:Genetic endowment (eg strong genetic component in psychosis) Environment in utero ® minor damage to CNS Personality: combination of…

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Psychological medicine

Dementia Chronic, generalised impairment of memory (key feature), intellect, and personality with no impairment of consciousness (cf delirium)AcquiredNot a feature of normal ageingDiagnostic criteria:Development of multiple cognitive deficits including both:Memory…

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Psychological medicine

Delirium Global and transient disturbances of consciousness, attention, perception, thinking, memory, psychomotor behaviour, emotion and sleep-wake cycle= Acute Confusional StateEpidemiology:Rare in the communityCommon in hospital, especially in elderly, 10 –…

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Psychological medicine

Diagnostic Criteria Two types of disorder:Substance use disorders: abuse and dependence Substance induced disorders: secondary to substance use (eg withdrawal, psychosis, persisting dementia or amnestic disorders, etc). Require evidence of substance use and are not…

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