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Rapid Psychiatry

Allison Hibbert, Alice Godwin, Frances Dear, Peter Raven (Advisory Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14023-2 February 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 176 Pages


Rapid Psychiatry is the fifth title in the Rapid series of short revision notes books, covering key information in a simple and easily accessible format, using a mnemonic to aid recall. This book provides an excellent revision tool in the run-up to exams, but is also useful for clinical students working on Psychiatry attachments.

Rapid Psychiatry covers the common psychiatric conditions encountered on the wards, in clinics, in general practice, and in exams. It acts as a rapid refresher, and is a concise no-nonsense book covering just the basic relevant facts. The book is divided into sections covering psychiatric history-taking and examination, differential diagnosis, disorders, treatment, the key points of the Mental Health Act, psychiatric emergencies, and a glossary of terms. The disorders are arranged in A-Z format, and each topic is covered using the same Rapid series mnemonic that covers Definition, Aetiology, Associations/Risk Factors, Epidemiology, History, Examination, Pathology, Investigations, Management, Complications, Prognosis and Differential Diagnosis.


Foreword (Dr Raven).


Rapid Series Mnemonic.

Section 1: Psychiatric History and Mental State Examination.

The psychiatric history.

The mental state examination.

Mini mental state examination.

Assessment of an eating disorder.

Alcohol History.

Assessment of suicide risk.

Section 2: Differential Diagnosis.

The anxious patient.

The depressed patient.

The elated patient.

The hallucinating patient.

The panicking patient.

The patient with obsessions and compulsions.

The thin patient, the patient who overeats.

The unresponsive patient.

Section 3: Adult Psychiatric Disorders.

Introduction to Adult psychiatry.

Old age psychiatry.

Abnormal grief reaction.

Acute stress disorder.

Adjustment disorder.


Anorexia Nervosa.

Bipolar affective disorder.

Bulimia Nervosa.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Deliberate Self Harm.




Other depressive syndromes.

Dissociative conversion disorders.


Generalized anxiety disorder.

Huntington’s Disease.

Kleinefelter’s Syndrome.

Motor Neuron Disease.

Multiple Sclerosis.

Obsessions and compulsions.

Parkinson’s Disease.

Personality disorders.

Postnatal blues.

Postnatal Depression.

Post traumatic stress disorder.

Premenstrual syndrome.

Psychosexual disorders.

Puerperal Psychosis.


Social Phobia.

Somatoform disorders.

Specific Phobia.

Substance Misuse.

Drugs and the law.

Substance Misuse: Alcohol.

Wernicke’s Encephalopathy.

Korsakoff’s Psychosis.



Wilson’s Disease.

Section 4: Child psychiatric disorders.


Attention deficit disorder.

Childhood Autism.

Conduct disorders.

Behavioural -hyperkinetic disorder.

Elimination disorders- enuresis.

Elimination disorders- encopresis.

Learning Disability.

Other child psychiatric conditions.


School Refusal.

Emotional disorders.

Sleep disorders.

Child abuse.

Section 5: Physical Treatments.



Serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Trycyclic antidepressants.

Inhibitors of Monoamine Oxidates.



CBT and psychological therapies.

CPA and the multidisciplinary team.

CNS stimulant medications.

Electroconvulsive therapy.

Mood stabilizers.


Sodium Valproate.


Serious adverse effects of drugs.

Acute dystonic reactions.


Lithium toxicity.

Monoamineoxidase inhibitors.

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

Treatment of psychiatric emergencies.

The acutely confused patient.

The acutely intoxicated patient.

The patient not eating or drinking.

The patient who has taken an overdose.

Suicidal Patient/ Deliberate Self Harm.

The violent and abusive patient.


1. Culture specific disorders.

2. Eponymous Syndromes.

3. Forensic Psychiatry and the Mental Health Act.

4. List of psychiatric emergencies.

5. Physical disorders with psychological consequences.


  • A-Z organization of common adult and child psychiatric disorders
  • Provides details on psychiatric history taking and mental health examination
  • Includes sections on differential diagnosis, treatment, psychiatric emergencies and key points of the Mental Health Act
  • Includes a helpful glossary of terms