Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Integrating psychiatry with other medical specialties

Henry A. Nasrallah, MD

As a specialty that deals with brain disorders, psychiatry is now much more integrated with other medical and surgical specialties than in the past. Psychiatry is no longer perceived as a ‘different’ discipline and has successfully embraced the medical model without abandoning its biopsychosocial principles.

But some chasms remain and several separations persist, impacting not only the image of the specialty but also psychiatrists and their mentally ill patients. Some issues need to be addressed before full integration can occur.

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