Book Chapter

Prophylaxis in Psychiatry

D Castle

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition | Published : 2015

Abstract

Prophylaxis in psychiatry can be considered as a series of phase-specific constructs, targeting different stages of mental illnesses. Types of intervention encompass medications as well as broader psychological and psychosocial constructs. In this article, we discuss three psychiatric disorders as illustrations of the different prophylactic paradigms; these disorders are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. We then address the important aspect of physical health problems - notably cardiovascular issues such as obesity, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia - that are often associated with major mental illnesses and which may be compounded by certain psychiatric medications. Fi..

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