? Course Descriptions



BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF SYLLABUS ITEMS

TELEMENTAL HEALTH:
The use of videoconferencing technology has expanded beyond medication management alone to include tele-psychotherapy services, including both individual and group psychotherapy, and diagnostic assessments. Telemental Health has a number of important benefits for patients, clinicians, provider organizations, and communities. The most important of these can be summarized as a cost-effective way to improve access to specialty mental health services by anyone.

DIAGNOSTICS (DSM 5):
This three module program studies the following: Neurodevelopmental disorders, Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive disorders, Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Dissociative disorders, Somatic symptom and related disorders, Feeding and eating disorders, Sleep–wake disorders, Sexual dysfunctions, Gender dysphoria, Substance-related and addictive disorders, Neurocognitive disorders, Paraphilic disorders, Personality disorders, Other disorders, Conditions for further study.

NEUROANATOMY:
BRAIN DISORDERS AND MENTAL ILLNESS. Classic Anatomic Neurology: Central Nervous System Disorders, Psychogenic Neurologic Deficits, Cranial Nerve Impairments, Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Muscle Disorders.

Major Neurologic Symptoms:
Dementia, Aphasia and Anosognosia, Headaches, Epilepsy, TIAs and Strokes, Visual Disturbances, Congenital Cerebral Impairments, Neurologic Aspects of Chronic Pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurologic Aspects of Sexual Function, Sleep Disorders, Involuntary Movement Disorders, Brain Tumors, Metastatic Cancer, and Paraneoplastic Syndromes, Neurotransmitters and Drug Abuse, and Traumatic Brain Injury. ENDOCRINE SYSTEM IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH. A study will be made on the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries, and testes. Also, other lesser known endocrine organs such as, adipose tissue (fat tissue), kidneys, and gut. All will be discussed in context of their impact on mental health.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF MENTAL DISORDERS:
This module focuses on the pathophysiology of a broad range of psychiatric, addictive and neurological disorders and the biological systems that mediate cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social and learning abnormalities.

GENETICS AND MENTAL ILLNESS.
What are the causes of mental illness? Are they environmental, genetic, or both? The advent of genetic testing as a means to assist with medication management is a striking contrast to days of old. We will also study research that indicates people with disorders traditionally thought to be distinct, such as autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia, were more likely to have suspect genetic variation at the same four chromosomal sites. These included risk versions of two genes that regulate the flow of calcium into cells.

PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY REVIEW:
Neurotransmitters, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, Mood Stabilizers and Anxiolytics/Sedatives, Analgesics, Stimulants, and Antidementia Agents, Recreational Stimulants, Recreational Depressants, Hallucinogens and Cannabis, and Other Modalities.

MISC INFORMATION AND GENERAL OFFICE PRACTICES:
Reporting hierarchy, the 15 minute session, the 30 minute session, coordination of care, alternative scheduling, hallway consults, dealing with interruptions. Discussing treatment approaches, need to refer, dealing with difficult patients, etc.