Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). This course examines the fundamentals of mental illness (depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder etc.), and causes (biochemical, neurological, behavioural, developmental, genetic, social etc.), treatments (pharmacological, psychological, spiritual) and health care models (shared care, acute inpatient, outpatient, public health, community and recovery approaches) which are regarded as current best practice.
With social strife due to poor economic stati of the majority of the population coupled with drug and substance abuse, mental illnesses are on the rise in Uganda. In addition there is scarcity of psychiatrists hence the need to train clinical officers with fundamental knowledge and skills about managing mentally ill patients to bridge the gap.
The aim of teaching psychiatry is enable the learner to acquire knowledge skill and attitudes necessary for managing common psychiatric illness.
At the end of the course the student should able to:
a) Conduct an interview in a manner that facilitates information gathering and formation of a therapeutic alliance
b) Recognize manifestations, evaluate and manage neuropsychiatry disorder
c) Recognize, evaluate, and manage patients with mood disorders
d) Demonstrate competency in the recognition, evaluation, and refer of persons with psychosis