by Pravin Shukle, MD, Helen Farrell, MD

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that focuses on the pharmacological and nonpharmacological diagnosis and management of mental, emotional, and behavioral illnesses. In the past, such illnesses were often attributed to spiritual maladies or possessions. Modern psychiatry was developed in the late 19th century to provide a clinical explanation of mental phenomena.

In this course, students will be introduced to the general concepts of every group of psychiatric disorders and forensic psychiatry and taught how to conduct a psychiatric assessment. For optimal comprehension, students are expected to have a good grasp of human physiology, neurological pathology, clinical interrogation and examination, and pharmacology.

All individuals undergo a certain level of psychological distress during a disease process. It is incorrect and unacceptable to describe them as “crazy.” Good knowledge of psychiatry enables competent clinicians to observe behavioral patterns that might hint at deeper psychiatric phenomena, such as depression and anxiety. Moreover, it helps them differentiate between symptoms related to physical maladies and those resulting from mental illnesses. Furthermore, prompt recognition of psychiatric emergencies, such as suicidal ideations or aggression toward others, can ensure the safety of the affected individual and others in the ER.

Course Details

  • Videos 106
  • Duration 10:39 h
  • Quiz questions 414
  • Concept Pages 76


Your Educators of course Psychiatry

 Pravin Shukle, MD

Pravin Shukle, MD

Dr. Pravin Shukle is a board certified specialist in internal medicine and currently works as an Independent Medical Practice Professional in Ontario, Canada.
He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994.
Dr. Shukle is an avid speaker and performs over 150 special lectures across the nation each year with various audiences ranging from the general public, to nurses, to physicians, to medical specialists.
Within Lecturio, he teaches courses on Pharmacology.

 Helen Farrell, MD

Helen Farrell, MD

Dr. Helen M. Farrell is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, USA.
She obtained her MD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2006. Currently, she is a Harvard Medical School faculty member, and board certified Psychiatrist and Forensic Psychiatrist.
Due to her achievements, she is well published in the field of forensic psychology, and has appeared as an expert witness in court. She also delivered the TEDx Talk, “Creating Hope for Mental Health” in 2015.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Farrell teaches courses on Psychiatry.

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Great talk
By Jayanta S. on 23. December 2021 for Psychiatric Assessment

Just so clear and concise .recommended for every doctor practitioner

Uptodate and beautifully explained
By Masood M. on 15. December 2021 for Somatization

Uptodate and beautifully explained. Providing contrast between primary and secondary gain.

Schizophrenia and other psychotic spectrum disorders
By DR BLAISE OWANGA T. on 28. November 2021 for Schizophrenia and Thought Disorders

It's very concise and clear. Therefore very helpful. The quizzes are quite helpful.

By Neuer N. on 18. October 2021 for Schizophrenia and Thought Disorders

The videos are really helpful and made easy to understand.