Psychiatry (2)

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various abnormalities related to mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions. Working on internal and external communication is a central focus in psychiatric treatment.

Keywords: psychiatry, psychotherapy, communication, medicine

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Psychiatry (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf – psychiatry series

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Social Anxiety (2)

This paper provides a brief overview of social anxiety and its treatment. There are several psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment options. Often, a combination of the two leads to superior results. Special emphasis is given to a communication-oriented approach. Since communication is the mechanism which is impaired, communication is also the instrument how the condition and the debilitating symptoms that come with it can be reversed.

Keywords: social anxiety, anxiety, treatment, communication, communication-focused therapy (CFT), CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Social Anxiety (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf – common mental health conditions series

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Healing Burnout (2)

Burnout can have a devastating effect on individual well-being and on a society as whole. Unfortunately, burnout develops gradually and most individuals suffering from it do not realize they have it until their job or relationship are in danger. Fears can make it difficult for an individual to seek the help that is often desperately needed.

Healing burnout consists of straight forward steps, which are also described in the author’s works on communication-focused therapy (CFT). The focus is on finding relevance and meaning again in various areas in life and in reconnecting emotionally and cognitively. Awareness of internal and external communication patterns is important to initiate the change in them which improves the interactions one has with the world and oneself.

Keywords: burnout, treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatry

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Healing Burnout (2) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

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A Brief Overview of Psychiatric Medication (5)

Abstract – Psychiatric medication has made many psychiatric conditions treatable within the last hundred years. Especially in combination with psychotherapy, medication has changed the lives of many patients radically, allowing them to have families and work in normal jobs even with conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, which were previously considered untreatable. Advances in psychopharmacology not only improved the individual quality of life but also benefitted families, communities and even national economies. This article gives a brief overview of the main groups of psychiatric medication.

Keywords: medication, psychiatry

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Bipolar Disorder and Medication (4)

Bipolar disorder is a condition affecting an individual’s affective states (mood). The different flavors of bipolar disorder have in common that there are alterations in mood between above ‘normal’ (hypomania, mania) and normal or below normal (melancholia, depression). The other important mood disorders are the various types of depression, while mania without episodes of depressions is a rarity. The first line treatment of choice in cases of bipolar disorder is medication. However, in the long run psychotherapy has shown to be successful in making the condition more manageable for individuals suffering from it. This article presents a brief overview of the different types of medication used for bipolar disorder.

Keywords: bipolar disorder, medication, psychiatry

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Bipolar Disorder and Medication (4) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

Anxiety and Medication (4)

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. However, with psychotherapy or a combination of psychotherapy and medication anxiety disorders have become highly treatable. Since there is a high comorbidity with other conditions, such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the use of an antidepressant for both the anxiety and depression can lead to significant improvements in the patient’s quality of life. This article explores the biology of anxiety and the different types of medication to treat it.

Keywords: anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, medication, psychiatry

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Anxiety and Medication (4) Christian Jonathan Haverkampf

A Brief Introduction to the Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks Dr Jonathan Haverkampf MD

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Antidepressants and Sexual Dysfunction (1)

Sexual side effects of medication can be problematic for patients and, if they occur, often impact their well-being and relationships in significant ways. Common treatment options are switching the psychotropic medication, adding psychotropic or non-psychotropic medication and psychotherapeutic approaches.

Keywords: suicide, treatment, psychotherapy, medication, psychiatry

 

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Antidepressants and Sexual Dysfunction (1) Ch Jonathan Haverkampf

Psychiatric Medication – Weight Gain and the Metabolic Syndrome (1)

About 60% of the excess mortality observed in patients with severe mental illness (SMI), such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (MDD), is due to physical comorbidities, predominantly cardiovascular diseases. Weight gain and the metabolic syndrome are undesired effects of psychiatric medication, which ultimately can limit the use of a drug. Frequently, the decision whether to continue or switch a drug is not easy to make, and carefully weighing off the benefits and potential problems should be part of an informed treatment strategy.

Keywords: obesity, metabolic syndrome, medication, psychiatry

 

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Psychiatric Medication – Weight Gain and the Metabolic Syndrome (1) Ch Jonathan Haverkampf

A Brief Overview of Psychiatric Medication (4)

Abstract – This article gives a brief overview of the main groups of psychiatric medication.

 

Keywords: medication, psychiatry

 

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A Brief Overview of Psychiatric Medication (4) Ch Jonathan Haverkampf