377-0601-00L  Psychiatry & Computational Psychiatry

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersK. Stephan, A.‑S. Petrescu, H. Schmidt, J. Siemerkus
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Human Medicine BSc

AbstractThe module Psychiatrie & Computational Psychiatry introduces the most common psychiatric disorders, including etiology, diagnostics and therapy. In addition, under the guidance of a clinician, the students will acquire practical skills for assessing psychopathology in patients. The module concludes with an introduction to concepts and practical applications of Computational Psychiatry.
ObjectiveAfter completing the module “Psychiatrie & Computational Psychiatry”, the students are expected to show proficiency in:
1. Taking a complete psychiatric history
2. Conducting a psychiatric interview based on methods of clinical communication
3. Developing a trustful and unbiased physician-patient contact
4. Conducting a psychopathological assessment according to the AMPD system
5. Knowing the diagnosis criteria according to ICD-10 for common psychiatric disorders
6. Identifying and explaining disorder specific symptoms
7. Knowing disorder specific treatments
8. Knowing the effects, indications and side-effects of psychiatric medications
9. Knowing the basic concepts of psychotherapeutic methods
10. Dealing with one’s own emotions during difficult patient interviews
11. Knowing the basic concepts and methods of Computational Psychiatry
ContentThe module “Psychiatrie & Computational Psychiatry” introduces the most common psychiatric disorders, including their epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. This applies to the following disorders:
- Depressive disorders and bipolar disorders
- schizophrenia spectrum disorders
- autism spectrum disorder
- addiction
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- dementia
- personality disorders

Additionally, the course conveys knowledge about the most common psychiatric emergencies and their treatments.

Further topics of the module include:
- Introduction to the concepts of ICD and DSM
- Communication and interaction with people with mental disorders
- Psychiatric history
- General and disorder-specific introduction to psychopathology
- Psychopathological assessment (according to AMDP) with focus on:
disorders of consciousness, disturbances of orientation, disturbances of attention and memory, formal thought disorders, worries and compulsions, delusions, disorders of perception, Ego (boundary) disturbances, disturbances of affect, disorders of drive and psychomotor activity, circadian disturbances
- Introduction to Computational Psychiatry, including general concepts and methods (e.g. Bayesian brain theory, mathematical models of brain activity measurements) and computational theories of schizophrenia, autism, psychosomatics, depression, fatigue and mindfulness
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzung:
alle medizinischen und klinischen Module der 1. - 5. Semester