I. To conduct a psychiatric interview
II. To perform a psychiatric observation
III. To understand the influence of personality, and family and socio-cultural factors on the etiology and course of psychiatric disorders
IV. to manage the doctor-patient relationship
V. To describe the clinical characteristics, treatment principles and indications for referral to specialized services of several disorders.
VI. To be aware of the available instruments of therapeutic intervention:
a) Indications and side effects of anxiolytics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotic drugs.
b) Principles of the main psychotherapeutic interventions
c) Principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and community interventions for the severe mentally ill.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Miguel Xavier


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Paul Harrison, Philip Cowen, Tom Burns and Mina Fazel.  Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. Oxford University Press, 7th edition, 2017.

Teaching method

Teaching is made during an internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, which includes seminars, participation in clinical activities under supervision of tutors, and elaboration of assignments. Students will participate in 9 clinical seminars, and clinical activities (at inpatient and outpatient units) developed in 10 days (morning period). They also will elaborate a clinical history of a patient and develop a paper on a theme related to the patient medical history, focusing etiopathogenic, epidemiological, clinical or therapeutic aspects of the case.
Seminars include a short theoretical presentation and discussion of a clinical case (covering different areas)

Evaluation method

The assessment is made through the combination of:
Clinical history of a patient and paper-20%
Oral examination - 80%.
The grade improvement exam - 100% of the final grade, is an oral exam.
Oral examination grade - 80% of the final grade - if the student takes it during the Special Call.
Students will have to participate in at least 2/3 of the days. There will be no default regime for the students who don’t have minimal days of attendance.

Subject matter

1. Clinical history
Doctor-patient relationship
Psychiatric interview
2. Main psychopathological symptoms and mental health status examination
3. Mental health problems, life events and life cycle.
Prevalence and signs of mental health problems (distress).
Psychosocial determinants (poverty, unemployment, etc.).
Mental health problems, mental illness and behavior
Management of specific situations (suicide risk, adjustment disorders, problems related to addictive behaviors, problems linked to aggressive behavior).
4. Psychiatric syndromes
5. Epidemiology pathogenesis, clinical and therapeutic aspects of:
Affective disorders and suicide
Anxiety Disorders and Somatoform Disorders
Personality disorders
Eating disorders
Disorders associated with alcohol abuse and other addictions
Childhood and adolescence psychiatric disorders
        Psychiatric disorders of the elderly


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