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Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrists deal with mental illness and mental ill–health. The illnesses that they deal with include depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse (alcohol, drugs), post–traumatic stress, obsessive–compulsive behaviour and manic depression.

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRISTS OFTEN HAVE PARTICULAR AREAS ON INTEREST SUCH AS:
  •  Old Age Psychiatry – dealing with dementia, cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer's Disease
  •  Learning Disability – dealing with mental health problems associated with learning disabilities
  •  Forensic Psychiatry – dealing with mental health issues related to crime, prison and court procedures
  •  Child Psychiatry – dealing with mental health problems in children
  •  Substance Abuse – dealing with addiction problems including drugs and alcohol

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence:-

  •  monitoring of patients in the community
  •  discharge and monitoring of patients who later commit suicide
  •  problems related to side effects of psychiatric medication

Source: http://www.medicalcasenotes.co.uk​​​​​​​



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