Neuropsychiatry is a field of neurological research and therapy that focuses on the intersection between mental health and neurological disorders. It is a multidisciplinary field that combines knowledge and expertise from different fields of medicine, including psychiatry, neurology, and psychology. Neuropsychiatric disorders encompass a broad range of conditions that affect mental functions, including cognition, emotion, and behavior. Scientists and researchers specializing in neuropsychiatry use an innovative and highly collaborative approach to understand the relationship between the brain and behavior, which is crucial to develop effective therapies for mental illness. They explore how neurological disorders impact various facets of cognitive function and behavior, as well as the underlying neural processes that cause abnormal functioning. Understanding the root cause of neurological symptoms allows researchers to develop targeted therapies that address the underlying problem rather than merely treating the symptoms. Neuropsychiatry research plays a significant role in developing effective treatments for some of the most complex neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. Innovative therapeutic approaches, such as brain stimulation therapies, precision medicine, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), have shown promising results in treating a range of neuropsychiatric disorders. Overall, neuropsychiatry research and therapy are essential in understanding the mechanisms behind neurological disorders and developing therapies that can improve the lives of those who suffer from them. Further advances and discoveries in this field have the potential to transform the way we understand and treat neurological conditions.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.