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April 2024
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This long-awaited third edition of Seminars in General Adult Psychiatry provides a highly readable and comprehensive account of modern general adult psychiatry. The text has been fully updated throughout by leading figures in modern psychiatry. This new edition covers developments in the understanding of mental disorders, service delivery, changes to risk assessment and management, collaborate care plans and 'trauma-informed' care. Coverage will also be given to the implementation of the ICD-11 and DSM-5 classification systems, and the impact on diagnosis and treatment. Key features of the previous edition that have been updated include the detailed clinical descriptions of psychiatric disorders and historical sections with access to the classic studies of psychiatry. Additional topics include autism, ADHD and physical health. This is a key text for psychiatric trainees studying for their MRCPsych exams, and a source of continuing professional development for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.


‘A genuinely comprehensive textbook of general psychiatry with contributions from psychiatrists with a wide range of academic and clinical backgrounds, offering experience from both specialist and generalist practice. The historical perspective given to many of the controversies in modern psychiatry is highly valuable, but the text also remains bang up to date in referencing the Community Mental Health Framework, recent treatment guidelines, and is aligned to the latest UK psychiatry curriculum. This is the perfect companion to training for UK psychiatric trainees and a helpful reference guide for practising clinicians.’

Lenny Cornwall - MD FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

‘This 3rd edition of seminars in general adult psychiatry is a must read for all those new and currently working in adult mental health services. This book covers all the core mental health illnesses seen by general adult psychiatrists but crucially now includes neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and autism. In addition, the authors critically cover the significant changes in how General Adult mental health services are now delivered in modern healthcare via specialised and functional teams with the impact on continuity of care for patients, carers and clinical professionals. Finally, Psychiatrists play a critical role within their clinical teams and local populations and so I was delighted to see quality improvement and outcomes, public mental health, data and digital literacy also being discussed within this seminal text.’

Asif Bachlani - Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Group, Associate Non Executive Director, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

‘This is a comprehensive and scholarly textbook; the first in the post DSM 5 and post ICD 11 era to be mapped to the new RCPsych curriculum and syllabus making it an ideal text for trainees of Psychiatry. The person-centred focus of this new edition blends academic evidence with the practical and lived experience of both clinicians and patients/carers to provide a handy guide to the specialist practice of General Adult Psychiatry.’

Subodh Dave - Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bolton

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  • Chapter 1 - Clinical Epidemiology
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