A Short Textbook of Psychiatry has 7 ratings and 0 reviews. Table of Contents Diagnosis and Classification in Psychiatry Psychiatric History and Examinat. A Short Textbook of PSYCHIATRY Seventh Edition Niraj Ahuja MBBS MD MRCPsych Consultant Psychiatrist Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK Formerly Associate. A Short Textbook of Psychiatry 6th Revised edition Edition. by Ahuja (Author) This is a comprehensible and concise text on psychiatric disorders and their.

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The treatment can be broadly divided into two categories which are often interlinked. Significant changes have been made in almost all the chapters, especially in chapters on diagnosis and classification, psychoactive substance use disorders, psychopharmacology, schizophrenia, mood disorders and other biological methods of treatment. Withdrawal Syndrome The onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs typically within hours, peaks within hours, and symptoms usually subside within days of the last dose of opioid.

While striving to make the book simple and nidaj, an attempt has been made to keep the book aligned to the most recent developments in classification, terminology and treatment methods. Hallucinations visual more often than auditory may accompany the delusions.

A postgraduate student in psychiatry will find the text elementary and basic, although a first year postgraduate will find it useful for a broad introduction to the subject.

It is usually characterised by marked restlessness, tremors, hypertension, seizures, and in severe cases, a psychosis resembling delirium tremens. The mechanism of action of disulfiram is summarised in Figure 4. No ancillary laboratory test is diagnostic, although tests may help in finding the aetiology.

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However usually the treatment is of not much help, except in prevention of further deterioration and the prognosis is often poor. This is a very helpful learning materials especially at times of university exams. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


The occurrence of neurotic traits should be noted. Animal charcoal, a fungus X atramen- tariussulfonylureas and certain cephalosporins also cause a disulfiram like action.

A Short Textbook of Psychiatry by Niraj Ahuja

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Head injury, Subarachnoid haemorrhage, Sub- dural haematoma iii. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Its tremendous success during the last four years and encouraging suggestions from the readers have been a source of stimulation for drafting this text.

Kanika Sarang marked it as to-read Aug 29, Rating Scales Several rating scales are used in psychiatry to quantify the psychopathology observed. Marked perceptual disturbances such as illu- sions, misinterpretations, and hallucinations also occur. Poor impulse control v. A score of 2 or more identifies problem drinkers.

A psychiatric interview is usually different from the routine medical interview in several ways Table 2. These include impairment of consciousness and attention on a continuum from clouding to coma; reduced ability to direct, focus, sustain, and shift attentionglobal disturbance of cognition, psychomotor disturbances, disturbance of sleep-wake cycle, and emotional dis- turbances.

Attitude towards Examiner iii.

Statisti- cally normal mental health falls within two standard deviations SDs of the normal distribution curve for the population. Decreased immune function and proneness to v. The Short Textbook of Psychiatry is addressed to medical students, interested physicians and other health professionals. The distinguishing features include rapidity of onset, prominence of visual hallucinations, absence of thought disorder, appropriateness of affect, fearful emotional reaction, and presence of confusion.

When the account of historical information given by the patient and the informant s is different, it is useful to record them separately. Coma, followed by death, can occur in some cases. Occupational History The age at starting work; jobs held in chronological order; reasons for changes; job satisfactions; ambitions; relationships with authorities, peers and subordinates; present income; and whether the job is appropriate to the educational and family background, should be asked.


It is important to mle out tetxbook major disturbance of consciousness, orientation, memory, or mood. History of previous stroke or transient ischemic attacks TIAs. Fluoxetine and other SSRIs have been occasionally used as anti-craving agents in their usual antidepressant aa. The following subheadings are often used for the description of premorbid personality.

Intoxication The characteristic features of acute LSD intoxication are perceptual changes occurring in a clear conscious- ness. It is important to rule out any major disturbance of consciousness, orientation, memory, personality, thought, perception, or mood.

A Short Textbook of Psychiatry

Right parietal lobe lesions, especially vascular lesions 5. A few important points regarding the interview technique are mentioned below. Space occupying lesions in the region of III ventricle e. Group therapy Of particular importance is the voluntary self-help group known as AA Alcoholics Anonymouswith branches all over the world and a membership in hun- dreds of thousands. Any other lesion involving bilaterally shprt inner core of limbic system i. Thiamine, Niacin, Pyridoxine, Folic acid, B 12 ii.

Co-morbid psychiatric disorder or personality disorder iii. As the AIDS virus a lenti-virus, a type of retro- virus is highly neurotropic and the virus crosses the blood-brain barrier early in the course of the disease cognitive impairment is nearly ubiquitous in AIDS.