mental health

Diagnosis of Mental Health Conditions as an Art

There are many factors that play a role in mental health conditions, which cannot all be covered by diagnostic manuals, recommendations and guidelines. In the end, much depends on personal observations, clinical experience, information on similar cases, and selecting what seems important. Symptoms are largely subjective with few reference points. The diagnosis often depends on …

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Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters play an important role in transmitting information between neurons across the synaptic cleft. Various regions and pathways in the brain use different patterns of neurotransmitters and different receptor subclasses, which helps to identify the role specific neurotransmitters play in various psychiatric conditions in neuroimaging studies and can also make medication more specific. Neurotransmitters are …

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Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetics describes the processes that take place in the interaction between an organism and a chemical substance. There are four processes, which are often also represented as five: Liberation: the drug is released from the pharmaceutical formulation Absorption: the substance enters the blood circulation. Distribution: the substance disperses throughout the fluids and tissues of the …

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), DSM-V

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is one of the main two diagnostic manuals for mental health conditions in the world. The current version is the fifth edition. The other manual is the International Classifications of Diseases (ICD) published by the World Health …

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Empathy (1)

Empathy Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Empathy is more than what it may seem like on first sight. Technically, it is an awareness of the feeling states of another person, as well as any other feeling being. However, empathy has much more to offer. Reflecting even in the narrower definition a communication process, as incoming external …

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