PAM 605: Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Course Description Deals with psychiatric and mental health disorders frequently encountered in outpatient settings. Lectures cover basic human behavior, psychological development and personality functioning, and major mental illnesses. Topics include depression, anxiety, phobia, psychosis, neurosis, and personality disorders. Human sexuality, sexual concerns and dysfunction are also discussed, and the relationship between drugs, health, and society is examined. The course provides a basic framework for treating the common psychiatric disorders that are seen in general medical practices, and an understanding of when specialized referral is needed. Emphasis is placed on application of new medical knowledge to clinical situations, and on diagnostic problem-solving and differential diagnosis. Students refine their ability to reason independently in developing treatment and management plans for various patient presentations.
Credits 2