Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Also known as: neuropsychiatric disorders, behavioral neurology.

What are neuropsychiatric disorders?

Neuropsychiatric disorder is a blanket medical term that encompasses a broad range of medical conditions that involve both neurology and psychiatry. Common neuropsychiatric disorders include seizures, attention deficits, cognitive deficits, palsies, uncontrolled anger, migraine headaches, addictions, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety and others. They can range widely in cause, course, and severity.

 

What causes neuropsychiatric disorders?

Causes include traumatic head injury, infections, medication side effects, attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD) and depending on the cause (some may be unknown), may be related to environmental factors, genetic predisposition, and other factors.

 

What are the symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders?

The key component of neuropsychiatric disorders is that the symptoms tend to impact brain function, emotion and mood. These can range from problems with focus and learning in the case of ADHD to sadness, irritability, memory problems, mood problems, depression to a variety of other psychiatric and/or neurological symptoms.

 

What are neuropsychiatric disorder care options?

Medications, psychological and/or psychiatric therapy are common treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders. Specific treatments will vary based on the precise cause, clinical presentation and severity.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 2/22/2018 9:35:31 AM

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