This is a new edition of a successful introductory textbook on the subject of psychiatry. Clearly written and rich in pedagogic features - such as summary boxes, clinical cases and other aid memoirs - this book is tailored to the learning needs of those entering the discipline for the first time. Particularly suitable for medical students, this book will also act as a 'primer' for post-graduates first entering the speciality with a view to a long-term career in the discipline.
1. Introduction2. The life net 3. Classification, aetiology, management and prognostic factors. 4. The doctor-patient communication. 5. History taking and clinical examination6. Organic psychiatry. 7. Psychoactive substance use disorders8. Schizophrenia and delusional (paranoid disorders)9. Mood disorders, suicide and parasuicide. 10. Neurotic and other stress-related anxiety disorders11. The dissociative (conversion) and somatoform disorders12. Psychiatry of menstruation and pregnancy13. Psychiatry of sexuality14. Sleep disorders15. Personality disorders16. Child and adolescent psychiatry17. Psychiatry of disability18. Eating disorders19. Transcultural psychiatry20. Psychiatry of the elderly21. Forensic psychiatry22. Appendices