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  • Psychiatry

  • Psychiatry Second edition

    Neel Burton BSc, MBBS, MRCPsych, MA (Phil), AKC Green Templeton College University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication

  • This edition fi rst published 2010, © 2006, 2010 by Neel Burton

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  • Contents

    Preface to the second edition, vii Preface to the fi rst edition, viii Foreword, ix

    Part 1

    1 A brief history of psychiatry, 3

    2 Patient assessment, 11

    3 The delivery of mental health care, 35

    Part 2

    4 Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, 51

    5 Affective (mood) disorders, 77

    6 Suicide and deliberate self-harm, 109

    7 Neurotic, stress-related, and somatoform disorders (anxiety disorders), 117

    8 Personality disorders, 133

    9 Organic psychiatric disorders (delirium and dementias), 145

    10 Mental retardation (learning disabilities), 159

    11 Substance misuse, 165

    12 Eating, sleep, and sexual disorders, 183

    13 Child and adolescent psychiatry, 197

    So, why a career in psychiatry?, 207

    Self-assessment EMQs, 209

    Answers to self-assessment, 216

    Answers to EMQs, 221

    Appendix: Some psychiatric questionnaires and rating scales, 222

    Index, 224


  • True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • Preface to the second edition

    This second edition of Psychiatry is the product of exten- sive feedback from students and lecturers, both from the UK and other English - speaking countries. Whilst I have made a large number of changes and additions, I have also tried to preserve what was most liked about the original edition: its clear style and presentation, its appropriate balance of breadth and depth, and its strong ‘ character ’ .

    Psychiatry continues to include a fair bit of material from the arts and humanities. This material aims to help the student engage with the subject; better understand human emotions, behaviours, and thoughts; and question commonly held assumptions about mental disorders and the people who suffer from them. This is important, fi rst, because students (and the professionals that they eventu-

    ally become) often stigmatise people with a mental disor- der; and second, because this stigma extends to psychiatry and to psychiatrists, and has a deleterious effect on the recruitment of talent into the profession.

    Of the medical specialties, psychiatry is by far the most fascinating, the most challenging, and the most obviously relevant to us as thinking and feeling human beings who, in reality, aim at nothing more than happiness. Students often tell me that this book stops them from falling asleep: if so, this has little to do with me, and much to do with the subject matter of psychiatry – namely, human life.

    Neel Burton Oxford, August 2009

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  • Preface to the fi rst edition

    Art is long, and Time is fl eeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffl ed drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life

    ‘ Psychiatry ’ derives from the Ancient Greek, psyche and iatreia , and means ‘ healing of the soul ’ . Just like philosophy differs from other academic disciplines, so psychiatry differs from other medical specialties. Psychia- trists train medically because an understanding of the body is integral to the practice of psychiatry, but psychia- try is about more than just an understanding of the body. It is, indeed, about the very essence of what it means to be human.

    Like philosophy then, psychiatry faces empirical and conceptual challenges that hinder its progress and leave it exposed to criticism. Yet it is precisely these challenges that make psychiatry such a satisfying and meaningful

    pursuit. For in psychiatry each patient is unique, and each patient has something unique to return to the psychiatrist.

    Having been a medical student not long ago, I have tried to make this book as readable as possible: clear and concise yet comprehensive and detailed. I have empha- sised important areas such as suicide risk assessment but have also included a fair bit of material from the arts and humanities that is not on the core curriculum. In so doing my aim has been to make psychiatry ‘ come alive ’ by highlighting some of its more interesting or challenging aspects, and to challenge the stigmatisation of mental dis- orders that continues to prevail even amongst healthcare professionals.

    I hope that you enjoy reading this book, and that it inspires you to get the most out of your necessarily short rotation. Art is long, and Time is fl eeting .

    Neel L. Burton Oxford, August 2005

  • Foreword

    Welcome to Neel Burton ’ s fascinating and beautifully put together book and, even more importantly, welcome to the world of psychiatry. Perhaps you are approaching the subject with excitement and enthusiasm – as a chance to put into practice what you ’ ve learned about communica- tion skills and rapport or to see the reality of how neuro- science maps onto feeling and thinking. Alternatively, psychiatry might be something you are dreading. Will the patients be frightening and dangerous? Will the psychia- trists be only a little better?

    Spend a little time browsing this book – stop and read the sections that seem most interesting to you – and you ’ ll have picked up a roadmap to psychiatry. When you ’ ve seen a patient with a particular diagnosis, skim the section that relates to him or her. Ask yourself what you learned from the patient that wasn ’ t in the book. For this is what psychiatry is all about – extending the boundaries of understanding of people and conditions beyond the very patchy written knowledge base. I have found a lifetime of fascinating learning and discovery in psychiatry and that the stories of my patients are better than going to the theatre.

    So, surprise yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy your placement in psychiatry. You ’ ll get out more or less exactly what you put into it. You ’ ll probably also fi nd out some interesting things about yourself. What could be more fascinating?

    If you think you want to train as a GP, consider psychia- try as a specialty within which you will really get to know your pati

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