Toward the Psychiatry of Neuropsychology: An Israeli Psychiatrist's Personal Viewpoint

Amihay Levy*

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Psychiatrists and neuropsychologists, unfortunately, disregard, disrespect, or misuse each other. This article presents some interface areas, usually frictional, between the two disciplines: the nature of psychiatric work within neuropsychology; war and posttraumatic stress disorder patients; forensic neuropsychology; emergency and crisis situations. It also deals with the hardship of providing psychiatric treatment to neuropsychological patients (patients' fear of psychiatry; complications caused by memory dysfunctions). A common psychiatric drug classification is presented, with emphasis on the need for special care when administering psychiatric drugs (phenothiazines) to neuropsychological patients and a summary of general principles for the administration of psychiatric drugs to such patients. Finally, the interrelationship between psychiatry and neuropsychology is presented as a professional historical mistake, and suggestions for improving future relations are offered. The information and concepts presented are based on personal experience in a decade of psychiatric work with neuropsychological patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-327
Number of pages21
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1991


  • compensation neurosis
  • emergency
  • forensic neuropsychology
  • interface
  • neuropsychological psychiatry
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • psychiatric drugs


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