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Psychiatry at a Glance, 5th Edition

August 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Psychiatry at a Glance is an easy-to-use, accessible introductory and study text for all students of psychiatry. It helps develop your skills in history taking and performing the Mental State Examination (MSE), and presents ‘need to know’ information on the basic science, treatment, and management of the major disorders.

This edition features:

  • Thoroughly updated and reorganised artwork, offering greater clarity and easier understanding for those new to the subject
  • Greater emphasis on history taking and examination - essential for clinical work and clerking patients
  • New chapters on mental health capacity and coverage of the Australian and New Zealand health care legislation
  • Even more Extended Matching Questions, brand new Single Best Answer Questions, and sample OSCE stations so you can test your knowledge
  • A brand new companion website at www.ataglanceseries.com/psychiatry, featuring updated case studies and downloadable illustrations.

Psychiatry at a Glance is the ideal companion for anyone about to start a psychiatric attachment or module and will appeal to medical students, junior doctors and Psychiatry trainees as well as nursing students and other health professionals.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6

Contributors to Chapter 44 7

Assessment and Management

1 Psychiatric History 8

2 The Mental State Examination 10

3 Diagnosis and Classification in Psychiatry 12

4 Risk Assessment and Management in Psychiatry 14

5 Suicide and Deliberate Self-harm 16

Mental Disorders

6 Schizophrenia: Symptoms and Aetiology 18

7 Schizophrenia: Management and Prognosis 20

8 Depression 22

9 Bipolar Affective Disorder 24

10 Stress Reactions (Including Bereavement) 26

11 Anxiety Disorders 28

12 Obsessions and Compulsions 30

13 Eating Disorders 32

14 Personality Disorders 34

15 Psychosexual Disorders 36

16 Unusual Psychiatric Syndromes 38

Substance and Alcohol Misuse

17 Substance Misuse 40

18 Alcohol Misuse 42

Psychiatry of Demographic Groups

19 Child Psychiatry I 44

20 Child Psychiatry II 46

21 The Psychiatry of Adolescence 48

22 Learning Disability (Mental Retardation) 50

23 Cross-cultural Psychiatry 52

24 Psychiatry and Social Exclusion 54

25 Psychiatry and Female Reproduction 56

26 Functional Psychiatric Disorders in Old Age 58

The Interface of Psychiatry and Physical Illness

27 Psychiatry and Physical Illness 60

28 Neuropsychiatry I 62

29 Neuropsychiatry II 64

30 Neuropsychiatry III 66

31 Acute Confusional States 68

32 The Dementias 70

Psychiatric Management

33 Psychological Therapies 73

34 Antipsychotics 76

35 Antidepressants 78

36 Other Psychotropic Drugs 80

37 Electroconvulsive Therapy and Other Treatments 82

38 Psychiatry in the Community 84

39 Forensic Psychiatry 86

40 Mental Capacity 88

41 Mental Health Legislation in England and Wales 90

42 Mental Health Legislation in Scotland 92

43 Mental Health Legislation in Northern Ireland 94

44 Mental Health Legislation in Australia and New Zealand 96

45 Preparing for Clinical Examinations in Psychiatry 98


Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 100

Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) 102

Single Best Answer (SBA) Questions 106

OSCE Examiner Mark Sheets 110

Answers to EMQs 112

Answers to Single Best Answer (SBA) Questions 114

Further Reading 116

Glossary 120

Index 124

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Author Information

Cornelius Katona is Honorary Professor in the Department of Mental and Health Sciences, University College London, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Claudia Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, University College London, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Mary Robertson is Emeritus Professor in Neuropsychiatry, University College London, and Visiting Professor and Honorary Consultant, St George's Hospital and Medical School, London 

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“This is a high quality, useful book. This update is justified, as the authors discuss anticipated changes with the DSM-V and ICD-11 diagnostic systems.”  (Doody’s, 4 January 2013)


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Related Websites

Companion website features updated case studies and downloadable illustrations.
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Psychiatry at a Glance, 5th Edition
ISBN : 978-1-118-44185-5
128 pages
June 2012
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128 pages
August 2012
$41.95   BUY

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Psychiatry at a Glance, 5th Edition
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