WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHIATRY?

Neuropsychiatry is a sub-specialty area of psychiatry, concerned specifically with the overlap between and interface of psychiatry, neurology and general medicine. It is a specialised area of psychiatry committed to understanding brain-behaviour relationships, and to the care of individuals who suffer from neuropsychiatric illness. This encompasses patients with psychiatric conditions secondary to organic brain disease, particularly neurological or neurodegenerative disorders. These patients require expertise in psychiatry, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neuropharmacology and biological treatment in psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry sits at the interface of acute health and mental health services, and is the "biological face" of mental health assessment and treatment.
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NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS

Our clinicians see adult patients with disorders of behaviour, emotion or cognition associated with neurological illness; patients with combined neurological and psychiatric illness; patients with complex somatoform disorders, treatment-resistant psychiatric illness or complex movement disorders.

Broad categories of conditions seen by our clinicians include:

  • severe psychiatric illnesses with associated cognitive, behavioural or functional disturbances
  • atypical and early-onset dementias with psychiatric and behavioural changes
  • severe psychiatric illness associated with brain insults
  • psychiatric illness with comorbid abnormalities on brain imaging
  • neurological and medical illnesses with co-morbid or secondary psychiatric symptoms
  • complex or diagnostically difficult mental disorders
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Specific disorders that the unit has expertise in include:

  • frontotemporal dementia
  • early-onset Alzheimer's disease
  • Huntington's disease
  • epilepsy
  • chronic treatment-resistant schizophrenia
  • Parkinson's disease and related disorders
  • Niemann-Pick type C disease and other neurometabolic disorders
  • Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease
  • treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders
  • undiagnosed degenerative disorders
  • catatonia