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Grief

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Important facts Risk of suicide is 2.5x greater in the first year of bereavement Particularly high risk at the anniversary of the death Death from physical illness is also increased…

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Mental State Exam

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Appearance and behaviour How does the patient enter the room? quickly? slowly? What is the patient’s attitude to the interview? aggressive? reluctant? Can you build a rapport with them? can…

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Mood Stabilisers

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Mood Stabilisers e.g. lithium, valproate, gabapentin, carbamazepine These are mainly used to treat bipolar disorder although they may be used in lots of other psychiatric conditions. Lithium Lithium has a…

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Personality Disorders

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Introduction Defined by ICD-10 and DSM – IV- TR as; Lifelong, persistent, deeply ingrained maladaptive behaviour that: characterizes an individual deviates markedly from culturally expected or accepted ‘normal’ range Onset…

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Psychosis and Schizophrenia

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Introduction Psychosis is an acute mental health state, resulting in delusional beliefs and hallucinations. It is commonly associated with Schizophrenia, although there can be several causes, including: Other mental health…

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Quetiapine

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Quetiapine is a commonly used atypical antipsychotic medication. Indications include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and acute delirium. Mechanism Dopamine, serotonin and adrenergic antagonist Antihistamine Binds very strongly to serotonin (5-HT)…

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Serotonin Syndrome

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Introduction Serotonin syndrome is an iatrogenic (caused by medical intervention) syndrome, that results from excess serotonin levels in the central and peripheral nervous system, typically as the result of the…

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