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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-15

Neuropsychiatry: Where are we and where do we go from here?


1 M.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P. Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales NSW 2052, Australia; Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker Street, Randwick NSW 2031, Australia
2 MRCPsych., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P. Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales NSW 2052, Australia; Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker Street, Randwick NSW 2031, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Perminder S Sachdev
UNSW Medicine, School of Psychiatry, NPI, Euroa Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker Street, Randwick NSW 2031, Australia

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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.109282

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Introduction: Neuropsychiatry has generally been regarded as a hybrid discipline that lies in the borderland between the disciplines of psychiatry and neurology. There is much debate on its current and future identity and status as a discipline. Materials and Methods: Taking a historical perspective, the future of neuropsychiatry is placed within the context of recent developments in clinical neuroscience. Results: The authors argue that with the maturation of the discipline, it must define its own identity that is not dependent entirely upon the parent disciplines. The requirements for this are the claiming of neuropsychiatric territory, a strong training agenda, an emphasis on treatments that are uniquely neuropsychiatric, and a bold embrace of new developments in clinical neuroscience. Conclusion: The exponential growth in neuroscientific knowledge places neuropsychiatry in an excellent position to carve out a strong identity. It is imperative that the leaders of the discipline seize the moment.


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