Not Enough Attention Paid To Mental Function In Any Part Of Medicine, Psychiatrist Says

Healio (12/19) reports in a piece exploring the bidirectional relationship of infectious disease and mental health, Marshall Forstein, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and vice chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s council on medical education and lifelong learning, said, “We don’t pay enough attention to mental function in any part of medicine, frankly.” And, “according to [Dr.] Forstein, patients with a serious mental illness often have difficulties with impulse control and judgment and rarely have stable living conditions because of homelessness or inconsistent relationships with their families, leading to situations that may put them at risk for acquiring an infectious disease.”

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— “ID, mental health share complicated relationship, Healio, December 19, 2016.

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