Functional understanding of common psychiatric conditions encountered in the primary and emergency settings including current DSM guidelines for diagnosis provide course focus for an understanding of psychiatric illness. Structuring of the psychiatric interview and mental status assessment communicate the key to recognizing common disorders. Special emphasis will address the interaction of mental health and the physical presentation of the diseases including personality and normative responses to stress as well as the impact these factors have on patient management. Counseling skills used to help patients cope with illness and injury, follow treatment regimens, and modify behavior are introduced. Correlation of neurological anatomy and physiology to mental illness and treatment will be introduced. Clinical correlations of the psychiatric diagnosis will be presented in a case based format during laboratory sessions reinforcing lecture material. These sessions will entertain discussions regarding management strategies. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Spring Only.
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