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Involuntary psychiatric admission in Ireland

A detailed overview of the involuntary psychiatric admission process in Ireland and the supporting legislation There were 17,000 psychiatric admissions in Ireland in 2018, of which 2,225 were on an involuntary basis, according to the Health Research Board. As a result, 13.1 per cent of all admissions and 13.7 per cent of first admissions were…

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A new President for psychiatry

Catherine Reilly speaks to new President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr William Flannery about challenges facing the specialty, including amid the current Covid-19 pandemic The planned theme of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Spring Conference 2020 was ‘keeping science in psychiatry’. The conference, which had been due to take place later…

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Latest developments in psychiatry

Sandra Ryan reports on the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Winter Conference, which was held in collaboration with its Northern counterpart This year’s Winter Conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland was held on November 14-15 in Belfast, a joint event held with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland. Specialists in psychiatry…

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Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: What it is and why it matters

An overview of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD),  a severe, disabling and widely under-recognised form of premenstrual syndrome Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe, disabling and widely under-recognised form of premenstrual syndrome that affects up to 6 per cent of menstruating people. Given its prevalence, severity and symptom profile, it is included in the list…

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Enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy

There is strong evidence that enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy is very effective for the treatment of eating disorders Eating disorders are among the most devastating psychiatric disorders accompanying a large number of health problems (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Commencement of these mental disorders occurs mostly in adolescence (Mitchison D, Hay, P, Slewa-Younan S and Mond…

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults

Core symptoms The key features of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The diagnosis requires the presence of a number of symptoms and requires that these are of greater severity than a peer population. Other factors such as general IQ and presence of specific learning difficulties are taken into account. The…

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College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Winter Conference 2017

‘Psychosis, Somatisation and Society’ Kidney transplant outcomes no worse in schizophrenia and bipolar patients There is no difference in kidney transplant outcomes between people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and those without such diagnoses, according to a retrospective study presented at the recent College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Winter Meeting 2017. The study entitled ‘Outcomes…

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