A short introduction to psychiatry by Linda Gask

By Linda Gask

A brief creation to Psychiatry is designed to provide readers a transparent photo of the occupation of psychiatry because it is this day in addition to an figuring out of the topic from which to advance additional learn.

The writer describes the improvement of the career, the path to qualification and the scope of up to date perform, together with the paintings performed by means of psychiatrists in a number of specialisms - from baby psychiatry to habit providers and forensic psychiatry. Drawing at the adventure of people that were via psychiatric therapy, the e-book additionally explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's point of view.

Many criticisms were levelled opposed to the career and the writer, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which were and remain performed out among psychiatry's critics and its defenders.

A brief creation to Psychiatry is for someone having a look into psychiatry for the 1st time, no matter if so as to education or out of extra basic curiosity

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The social psychiatry revolution, initiated even before the Second World War when psychiatrists had first experimented with unlocking the doors of hospitals, swept in on a wave of optimism about what could be achieved with humane care, rehabilitation, the new medications and a range of community resources. qxd 5/21/04 2:34 PM Page 25 HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF A PROFESSION 25 what it actually means (see Chapter 4). The first community psychiatrists aspired to set up comprehensive public services for people with mental health problems in a defined population, using the hospital itself as only one of the resources in the community.

This facilitated communication between countries and fostered considerable growth in psychiatric research during the next quarter century. Across the world of psychiatry it became clearer and easier to compare research findings and interpret the results of the burgeoning fields of genetic, neuroradiological, and psychopharmacological inquiry. New psychotherapists and psychotherapies Dissatisfaction with Freud had begun to appear from within academic psychology in the 1950s, with Hans Eysenck, Professor of Psychology at the University of London, leading the battle.

Milieu therapy is ‘a means of providing an integrated, stable, and coherent context in which the optimal combination of specific treatments can be given to the patient’. Group meetings that encourage participation in information sharing, decision making and conflict resolution are a prominent feature – not as ends in themselves but as means of achieving a therapeutic goal (Campbell 1989: 757–8). 3. Women began to enter the speciality in the UK around the turn of the twentieth century. The first woman president of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association was Helen Boyle (1869–1957).

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