• Understand the principles of mental health
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Types of psychotherapy
  • How to conduct a mental state examination
  • Psychiatric conditions

What this Module Involves

This module first covers the basics behind how we diagnose and treat mental health conditions. By understanding first what constitutes a mental illness, we go through the main families of drugs used and types of therapies available. This then allows us to understand the principles behind each condition using a biopsychosocial model and understand their management.


Section 1:

To begin with, we will go through the basic principles of how to diagnose and classify mental illness, using the ICD-10 and DSM. We then explore the main features of the mental health and mental capacity act and the different types of psychiatric sections used.

Section 2: pharmacology

These are now some of the most common drugs prescribed, but they are also very dangerous. We look at the mechanism of action and side effects and emergency complications of mood enhancers, stabalisers and antipsychotic medication used.

Section 3: Tests and Procedures

We start by going through the mental state examination. Next, since psychotherapy is such a big aspect of treatment, we go through the main principles of each type, learning how they can change our way of thinking to alleviate psychiatric symptoms.

Section 4:

In this section, we go through the main psychiatric problems using a biopsychosocial model to explain aetiology. We then discover the main symptoms, and then use our model again to learn about the current treatments used, and the NICE guidelines for treatment.

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