The Assertive Community Treatment Team: An Appropriate Treatment for Medical Disorders That Present With Prominent Psychiatric Symptoms

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Physical diseases are difficult to treat in psychiatric patients, whether they are comorbid disorders or mental disorders due to a general medical condition. The psychiatric symptoms are difficult to treat in a medical ward or clinic, and the physical symptoms are difficult to treat in a psychiatric ward or clinic. For this reason, medical-psychiatric units have been developed but remain uncommon. It has been suggested that assertive community treatment (ACT) teams are a way in which to integrate medical and psychiatric treatments. We review the case of a woman with psychiatric symptoms caused by Graves disease that went untreated due to medication noncompliance and unmanageable irritability, aggression, and mood variability. We make a case for the use of the assertive community treatment team in the treatment of patients with mental disorders due to a general medical condition when the psychiatric manifestations are severe and cannot be managed in a medical ward or clinic.

Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2014;16(4):doi:10.4088/PCC.14br01639

https://doi.org/10.4088/PCC.14br01639