Psychiatry is a field of medicine that deals with the treatment and study of mental disorders. Psychiatry resembles psychology in that both fields research and treat people with the same disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. However, psychiatry is the medical treatment of the psyche while psychology deals with the science and theory of the psyche. Some other common psychiatric disorders include dissociative disorders, anxiety disorders, drug abuse, eating disorders, split personality disorder, and bipolar disorder to name a few. Psychiatric disorders can be socially debilitating. Depending on the severity of the mental illness, a person may be able to function as a healthy member of society. However, disorders such as severe depression of bipolar disorder can hurt relationships and may cause a person to be a danger to himself and others. Below are a variety of resources to better acquaint oneself with the psychiatric field.
What is Psychiatry?: an overview with video clips on what makes psychiatry a medical specialty.
Psychiatry Training: an overview of the education, training, and experience required to become a certified psychiatrist.
Choosing a Psychiatrist: tips to help individuals suffering from mental disorders find appropriate treatment.
Reasonable Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: guidelines for employers, educators, and family members.
Psychiatry FAQs: frequently asked questions about the field of psychiatry.
Psychiatric Diagnosis: a statistical manual for the diagnosis of mental disorders.
The Reliability of Psychiatric Diagnosis: a chapter on the difficulty of diagnosing psychiatric disorders due to ambiguity in patients.
DSM-IV-TR Criteria: an overview of of the American standard for diagnosing mental disorders.
State-of-the-Art Psychiatric Diagnosis: a discussion of the use of pathophysiology, genetics, and environmental exposure in making a diagnosis.
Psychiatric Evaluation Guidelines: a listing of recommendations for evaluating patients.
Types of Psychiatric Treatment: an overview of the different approaches to treating psychiatric disorders.
Exercise and Psychiatric Treatment: the results of a study that shows physical activity can benefit psychiatric treatment.
Inpatient Hospital Treatment of Children and Adolescents: a policy statement from the AACAP that supports inpatient treatment of youths.
Continuing Care: a guideline for post-inpatient treatment for patients with substance abuse problems.
Drug Treatment: an overview of prescription drugs as part of a treatment program.
Self Help Groups: Are They Effective?: a discussion of the benefits of self-help support groups on mental disorders.
Building Health Self Esteem: a guide to self esteem which may help such disorders as depression and eating disorders.
Self-Help Books: a study on whether reading self-help books can benefit mild to moderate depression.
Linking Self-Help and Professional Resources for Anxiety Disorders: a study of the benefits of self-help when used in conjunction with professional counseling.
Self Help and Serious Mental Disorders: a definition of self-help as well as the research on its effectiveness in seriously disordered individuals.
American Psychiatric Association: a medical society established to work towards the effective care ans treatment on individuals with mental disorders.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: a medical association that works to improve the lives of mentally disordered youth and their loved ones.
National Institute of Mental Health: a research group that advocates the treatment and care of mental health.
World Psychiatric Association: this group's mission is to advance global psychiatric health.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America: an association that works towards treating the most common mental disorder in America.
Bullying: facts and statistics on the psychological consequences of bulling.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: information on understanding the disease along with important data and statistics.
Alzheimer's: information and facts on this disease that causes the destruction of brain cells.
Bipolar Disorder: facts on the disease including causes, risk factors, and treatment.
Schizophrenia: the basics of this disease which is now considered to be a brain disease.
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