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Volume 21, issue 4

Review article

Needs of patients with mental disorders – psychological vs. psychiatric perspectives

Magdalena Ciałkowska-Kuźmińska1, Andrzej Kiejna1
1. Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii, Uniwersytet Medyczny im. Piastów Śląskich, Wrocław
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2012; 21(4): 277–282
Keywords: needs, persons with mental disorders, psychological concepts of needs, psychopathology

Abstract

Aim. To outline differences between psychological and psychiatric approaches to needs of persons with mental health problems.
Review. As regards the psychiatric perspective on individual needs, it is seldom based on psychological concepts of needs and motivation. It can be clearly seen not only in the description of psychopathological symptoms, but also in the design of instruments used to measure the needs of this patient group. However, psychological approaches may be very useful helping to understand the individual's motivation and behavior with regard to psychiatric treatment.
Conclusions. Awareness of the differences between psychiatric and psychological views on individual needs seems important, the more so that a systematic assessment of patient needs may be useful in the evaluation of the therapeutic process in psychiatry.

Address for correspondence:
dr n. med. Magdalena Ciałkowska-Kuźmińska
Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Akademii Medycznej im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu
ul. Pasteura 10, 50‒367 Wrocław
tel. 71 784 16 00
e-mail: magdalena.cialkowska-kuzminska@am.wroc.pl