The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 15, Number 2, February 2017
Ann Shinn, MD
Co-medical director, McLean OnTrack Director of Clinical Research, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Research Program, McLean Hospital Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Shinn has disclosed that she has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
It’s important to realize that psychosis can result from many different non-psychiatric conditions—for example, substance use, electrolyte imbalances, thyroid abnormalities, systemic infections, nutritional deficiencies, brain tumors, and seizures, among others. By the time we see them, patients have usually already had a basic medical evaluation in an inpatient hospital or emergency room, and most non-psychiatric medical causes have been ruled out.