Psychiatric Manifestations of Medical Conditions

Psychiatric Manifestations of Medical Conditions

The medical assessment of patients presenting with psychiatric symptoms should includ a thorough medical assessment with physical examination, including diagnostic laboratory and brain imaging studies if indicated. A thorough medical assesment is extremely important to rule out the presence of treatable and reversible medical conditions.
Most of the psychiatric manifestations of medical conditions will resolve with the treatment of the medical conditions.

Medical conditons in various organ systems have been reported to cause psychiatric symptoms in up to 10% of cases in the general population, and they may contribute to psychiatric symptoms in upto 50% of patients.

  • Drug abuse
  • Infectious conditions
  • Vascular disorders
  • Immunological disorders
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Structural disorders of the brain
  • Toxins / heavy metals

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