Psychiatry

Psychiatrists have an important role in any multidisciplinary mental health and well-being service, but might be well advised to better refocus their efforts on medical healthcare and on the specifically biological aspects of mental health. This would mean a more specific focus on physical health (although, as I shall explain later, family doctors or GPs would be more appropriate for this purpose for most people), including identifying those very rare cases where a person's apparent psychological problems have a physical cause, as in the aneurysm example above (although such cases are rare, it is important to provide this service) and on the prescription of psychiatric drugs (although, as I have made clear, I would wish to see a sharply reduced reliance on such medication). I have discussed both these elements in detail elsewhere in this book. I have made it clear how both are important, and how both are, in fact, inadequate in the current configuration of services. I believe that physical healthcare requires close liaison with community-based, primary care healthcare systems (in the UK, the GPs who offer our comprehensive first point of care and family doctor services). It is also important that mental health services have competent medical professionals to assess the possible contribution of biological causative factors to mental health and prescribe drugs (if people want to take them). So psychiatrists and other medical staff would remain a crucial component of care.

 
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