What is Neuropsychiatry?
Neuropsychiatry is a transdisciplinary scientific field that approaches the study of the neurologic bases of psychiatric disorders and the psychiatric manifestations of neurologic disorders from the perspective of their structural and functional neuroanatomic bases. Reciprocal interactions between psychological factors, environmental influences, and neurological conditions are appreciated, yet their respective contributions to neuropsychiatric symptoms, signs, and syndromes are understood in terms of brain function and dysfunction.
The merger of neuropsychiatry with behavioral neurology in 2004 under the auspices of the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties created the medical subspecialty, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. Practitioners in this field provide care to persons with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral manifestations of central nervous system disorders.