Extreme Psychiatry | Ex Ψ

Improving communication skills and confidence in psychiatry


Extreme Psych isn’t meant to be an all-in-one psychiatry course.
Look at the following links for more information…


Recommended Textbook

Psychiatry PRN: Principles, Reality, Next Steps Highly Commended in the BMA Book Awards, 2010! Each chapter is broken into Principles (the facts you need to know), Reality (communication skills advice) and Next Steps (how to manage psychiatry-related situations as a non-psychiatrist – at least until psychiatrists can come and help you out). The Reality section of each chapter was based on Extreme Psychiatry teaching.

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How to do an MMSE
History of Depression
History of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Brief Self-Harm Risk Assessment

Self-Testing Question Bank

Here’s a selection of free MCQs, SBAs and EMQs to help you with your psychiatry studies.

Mind – The Mental Health Charity

Mind offers loads of good quality, straight-forward information on mental health issues, as well as doing sterling work to promote good mental health for everyone. Take a look at the Mind website, here.

The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is a superb charity, which supports people living with dementia. The ExPsych team loves AlzSoc so much, we ran a half marathon in 2012 and raised over £5000 for them! The society’s work includes provision of day care and home care, befriending services, carer support, Alzheimer’s cafes, “singing for the brain sessions”… Much goodness. They even make a dementia brain tour (perfect viewing for hard-working medical students in need of neuropsych info), and useful patient information  leaflets (these have good ways of explaining dementia-related issues to patients and relatives: good for real life doctoring as well as OSCEs). 

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Lots of useful information can be found here, especially on the Student Associates section. The leaflets page is really useful if you ever need to explain diagnoses / treatments to patients or relatives, in good, clear English. Alternatively, maybe you know someone who is currently dealing with their own mental health problems. If appropriate, maybe they’d appreciate a get well card.