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General introduction 

General introduction
General introduction

Michael Sharpe

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date: 07 March 2021

All physicians experience situations in which they need the knowledge, skills, and attitudes commonly thought of as belonging to psychiatry. This section of the book aims to help physicians to acquire these. It includes: (1) guidance on how to assess medical patients for psychiatric illness; (2) information about psychiatric presentations and the differential diagnoses most relevant to general medical practice; (3) brief reviews of the psychiatric disorders most commonly seen in general medical practice and the practical management of these; (4) guidance on the use of psychotropic drugs and psychological treatments when given as part of general medical care; (5) evidence-based strategies for helping patients who are smoking, using alcohol excessively, or who are overweight.

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