ISSN (printed): 1758-2008. ISSN (electronic): 1758-2016.
Affective, cognitive, behavioral and perceptual disorders are becoming increasingly common – it is estimated that some 450 million people worldwide now suffer from some form of mental illness. Neuropsychiatry as a field plays a key role in attempting to understand brain–behavior relationships and in addressing issues of diagnosis and treatment in patients with neurologic disorders involving problems in cognition, emotion and behavior. The main burden of illness is concentrated in approximately 6% of the population who suffer from a serious mental illness. The problem is exacerbated by the high proportion of patients – approximately 45% – suffering from two or more disorders along with the strong association between severity and comorbidity. A range of treatment modalities is now available for the management of neuropsychiatric disorders, including psychotherapy, medication and brain stimulation. Furthermore, considerable research resources are now being devoted to these disease areas and new options are emerging. Against this backdrop, it is a challenge for clinicians to keep up to date with the mounting data on mental disorders and associated diagnostic and treatment modalities. Neuropsychiatry presents findings, analysis and commentary on understanding disease processes, together with diagnosis and treatment. The journal provides clinicians with concise guidance on the multidisciplinary approach necessary to treat complex mental disorders. Neuropsychiatry provides a key resource for all physicians and healthcare practitioners who are striving to provide the best possible care for their patients.
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