Understanding psychiatry

The session will initially describe the approach taken by psychiatrists in assessing, understanding and treating mental disorder. It will include briefly the development of psychiatry as a branch of medicine, looking at similarities and differences from the rest of medicine and will also describe the areas of information that are considered important in the history and investigation and consider the concepts of diagnosis and formulation as used by psychiatrists.

It will set out the approach taken to consider the many different influences on a person’s health and how these are taken account of in reaching a conclusion and planning care and treatment. We will then look forward to an interactive discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. Like all approaches there are limitations, some of which psychiatrists are aware of, and others less so. Others still, are better understood by those who use psychiatric services. Understanding Psychiatry is facilitated by the former Medical Director of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Suresh joseph.

The session will run 2 times this term. Please contact us for the specific dates in September.