Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health Services

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Fred Ovsiew
American Psychiatric Press, 1999 - Medical - 406 pages
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Our state and public mental health institutions are the locus of care for numerous patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. Links between psychiatric symptoms and medical diseases have long been noted; however, a nonintegrated approach has interfered with patients obtaining appropriate treatment.

Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health Services examines the importance of an integrated approach to neuropsychiatric conditions and looks at ways to overcome the difficulties in assessing medical disorders in psychiatric populations. Bringing a wealth of experience working in public settings, the book's contributors address neuropsychiatric disorders and their costs and implications on policy. Particular attention is devoted to epidemiology and providing clinical guidance for work in public settings.

This practical reference discusses the neuropsychiatry of aggressive behavior, HIV-1 infection, sexual deviation, and substance abuse. It also describes neuropsychiatry and dementia in public mental health settings as well as neuropsychiatric aspects of tardive dyskinesia. It analyzes the role of neuropsychiatry in providing care for specific populations, such as the elderly, the homeless, prisoners, and persons with developmental disabilities.

Further, the volume reviews studies of the prevalence of medical disorders in psychiatric settings, unveils screening strategies, and alerts clinicians to situations in which an organic cause for a psychiatric syndrome should be considered. This work presents recommendations for implementing medical screening and provides suggestions for improving the quality of neuropsychiatric care in public mental health settings.

Complete with extensive references, charts, and tables, this practical volume will be indispensable to clinicians and policymakers alike seeking to better understand the needs of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and to improve the care they receive.

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Fred Ovsiew, M.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is also Chief of the Clinical Neuropsychiatry Service and Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service at University of Chicago Hospitals.

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