An introduction to psychiatry: Part 1

1 August 2006
Volume 07, Issue 3

A look at the symptoms and signs of the common important mental illnesses and their relevance to optometric practice.

Introduction 

In this article an overview of the professionals working in mental health services will be provided. The epidemiology, aetiology and classification of mental illness will be discussed. The symptoms and signs of the common important diagnoses will be described and the relevance to optometric practice will be highlighted. In An Introduction to Psychiatry: Part 2, further diagnoses will be highlighted, and the indications for, and side-effects of, psychotropic medication will be discussed.

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