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Practical Psychiatry for Students and Trainees

A. M. O'Dwyer and M. Campion

10 February 2022

ISBN: 9780198867135

304 pages

In Stock

Price: £23.99

This practical handbook provides you with the core knowledge and skills needed to deliver essential psychiatric care to patients.



This practical handbook provides you with the core knowledge and skills needed to deliver essential psychiatric care to patients.

  • Highly practical book for medical students and trainee doctors [whether they specialize in psychiatry or not]
  • Provides key clinical skills required for interviewing, assessing, and initially managing a patient
  • Packed with practical tips and cases from a variety of medical professionals
  • Easy-to-read overview of common psychiatric conditions
  • Includes illustrations by Eoin Kelleher capturing the everyday life of doctors

About the Author(s)

A. M. O'Dwyer, Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychological Medicine Service, St James's Hospital, Dublin & Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin, and M. Campion, Senior Registrar, Liaison Psychiatry, St James's Hospital, Dublin & ClinicaLecturer, Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin

Anne-Marie O'Dwyer, MD M ED FRCPI MRCPsych, is a consultant psychiatrist at the Psychological Medicine Service , St James's Hospital, Dublin (SJH) and Clinical Professor at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). A medical graduate of TCD, she trained, initially in Internal Medicine (MRCPI, 1989; FRPCI, 2004), subsequently in psychiatry in Ireland and the UK (Maudsley and Institute of Psychiatry, London; Addenbrooke's, Cambridge), before being appointed Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley. In 2000, she returned to set up the Psychological Medicine Service, and, later the Psycho-Oncology Service at St James's Hospital, Dublin. The service formed the blueprint for Psycho-Oncology services nationally (2017). She co-established the Liaison Psychiatry section (Irish Division, Royal College of Psychiatrists), serving as Hon. Secretary until 2007. As Clinical Professor at TCD, she has responsibility for the training of medical students in psychiatry.

Mariel Campion, MB, MScLHPE, MRCPsych, is a medical graduate of University College, Dublin. She has just completed extensive training in psychiatry, including eating disorders, general adult and liaison, including perinatal psychiatry. She has a particular interest in education, gaining a Masters in Leadership in Health Professions Education from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and has held Tutor and Lecturer positions with both University College, Dublin and RCSI.

Table of Contents

    1.:The Clinical Interview - Setting the Scene
    2.:The Psychiatric History - What to Ask
    3.:Mental State Examination
    4.:Proposing a Diagnosis: Classification, Formulation and Investigations
    5.:Personality Disorders
    6.:Mood Disorders
    7.:Psychotic Disorders
    8.:Anxiety and Obsessional Disorders
    9.:Eating Disorders
    10.:Psychoactive Substance Use
    11.:Psychiatry of Later Life
    12.:Child & Adolescent & Perinatal Psychiatry
    13.:Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability
    14.:Psychological Medicine (Hospital Psychiatry)
    15.:Forensic Perspectives in General Psychiatry
    16.:Psychological Treatments
    17.:Physical Treatments
    18.:Emergencies: Urgent, Serious and High Risk Scenarios in Psychiatry
    19.:Professionalism, Boundaries and Well-Being


"This is a welcome addition to the literature for medical students, newly qualified doctors and very early career psychiatrists. As well as covering basic key clinical skills and information in an accessible way it provides extremely useful material on professionalism and self-care. This will be invaluable to all doctors starting out and beginning to discover the complexity and rewarding field of psychiatry " - Kate Lovett, Immediate Past Dean Royal College of Psychiatrists

"This is an excellent, highly practical book for both medical students and for doctors at the early stages of their postgraduate training in psychiatry. It provides a highly readable overview of the key clinical areas, with use of mnemonics and valuable practical tips such as how to set up the clinical interview and sample phrasing of difficult to ask questions. This is combined with relevant reference to the underlying phenomenology and the evidence base. " - Anne Doherty, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Editor in Chief, Books Programme, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK