In this module we look at the prevalence and
aetiology of physical morbidity among the psychiatric population,
notably in those with severe mental illness. We outline some
of the factors affecting the treatment of disease within this
population. In particular, we address the increased prevalence of
the following health problems as well as some of their related
pathologies, and provide clear guidance on how to monitor for some
of these conditions:
- drug and substance misuse.
Importantly, we also address the
inter-relationship between certain psychotropic drugs and these
conditions. The module concludes with a section on medication and
prescribing advice for psychiatrists having to make difficult
decisions on choice of drug for patients with severe mental
illness, following principles of safe prescribing and being aware
of any contra-indications and specific drug-related syndromes.