By Paul C. Guest

Employing obtainable language all through, this e-book covers the heritage of psychiatric examine, the present state-of-the paintings in psychiatric perform, the physiological platforms stricken by psychiatric health problems, the whole-body nature of those illnesses and the impression that this point has on rising biomarker discoveries.

Further, it presents descriptions of the most important particular psychiatric problems and the certain demanding situations concerning the analysis and remedy of every. The ebook concludes with insights into the newest advancements in hand held biomarker try out units, which could supply diagnostic details in below quarter-hour in point-of-care settings.

This publication investigates the rising use of biomarkers within the examine of psychiatric illnesses, a subject matter of substantial value for a wide variety of individuals together with researchers, clinicians, psychiatrists, college scholars or even these whose lives are affected in a roundabout way through a psychiatric disorder. The final classification is infrequently trivial, due to the fact a mind-blowing one in 3 humans all over the world convey the standards for a minimum of one psychiatric ailment sooner or later of their lifetime.

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The other factor of this case was that serious metabolic side effects occurred in the form of weight gain, due to a common side effect of antipsychotic treatment. Therefore, a biomarker test which could predict this response may be beneficial as it would allow potential addon treatments which could potentially combat the weight gain. For example, an anti-diabetic medication could have been used in combination with the antipsychotic. Later chapters describe studies which have attempted to carry this out.

Many researchers have started to adopt the viewpoint that schizophrenia may actually be a single term for a diverse set of different psychiatric disorders. In addition, the diagnosis of schizophrenia is not straightforward and there is still not a complete understanding of the underlying molecular causes. This chapter describes the current clinical needs exemplified by the mediocre success rates of diagnosing and treating individuals with schizophrenia. Inaccurate diagnoses and inadequate treatment will not only hurt the patients but it will also have a negative impact on the patients’ families, society in general, and on cost management of the healthcare services.

Case 2 A 26-year-old female bank manager was referred to a psychiatrist because she developed several strange ideas including that she was a reincarnation of the prophet. She also said that the future of mankind was threatened and she was insistent that everyone should listen to her warnings. She claimed that she received coded messages from the president of the United States through her television, giving her advice about the fate of the world. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia and her doctors prescribed treatment with the antipsychotic quetiapine.

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