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A Short Introduction to Psychiatry is designed to give readers a clear picture of the profession of psychiatry as it is today as well as an understanding of the subject from which to develop further study. The author describes the development of the profession, the route to qualification and the scope of contemporary practice, including the work done by psychiatrists in a range of specialisms - from child psychiatry to addiction services and forensic psychiatry. Drawing on the experience of people who have been through psychiatric treatment, the book also explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's perspective. Many criticisms have been levelled against the profession and the author, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which have been and continue to be played out between ...

Experiencing Psychiatry
Experiencing psychiatry

How is psychiatry experienced by the public and practitioners? In this chapter, we will look at the way psychiatry is experienced, first by members of the public, who are greatly influenced by the media in understanding psychiatry, and then by members of the profession itself. What is it like to be a psychiatrist? We will also consider the views of other professionals who work in the mental health sphere, and the views of patients and those who use the psychiatric services.

Media Depictions of Psychiatry

For most people, including other health professionals, belief about what psychiatrists actually do has been governed by their representation on television, in films and in books. In a brilliant and comprehensive review of the ‘theory and practice of movie ...

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