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Physicians who specialize in neuropsychiatry, the branch of medicine that is concerned with the treatment of mental disorders related to the nervous system are known as neuropsychiatrists. Neuropsychiatry is a growing sub-speciality of psychiatry and is closely associated with behavioral neurology and neuropsychology.
Is dementia a neuropsychiatric disorder?
Dementia is not a specific disorder but a group of conditions that leads to impairment of a minimum of two brain functions – judgement and memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. Dementia is characterised as a neuropsychiatric disorder when a patient has paranoid thoughts, agitation, depression, irritability, poor concentration, etc.
What is the difference between a neuropsychiatrist and psychiatrist?
Both a neuropsychiatrist and psychiatrist are trained to treat mental disorders but they differ in their focus. A psychiatrist offers treatment to patients suffering from a wide range of mental disorders. On the other hand, a neuropsychiatrist treats patients who experience mental health concerns arising from a neurological disorder.
What are some neuropsychiatric symptoms?
Some of the neuropsychiatric symptoms which a neuropsychiatrist can treat are bipolar disorders, visual hallucination, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, paranoia, impulsive behaviour, and poor concentration.
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