Welcome to PsychStudent!

Here you can find an ever-increasing range of interactive video content aimed at medical students wanting to learn more about psychiatry.

Each video provides a bite-sized overview of commonly asked questions and by answering the interactive questions you can better consolidate this knowledge, making the videos excellent for revision too!

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the educational content and so have included the audio content in text form for those who would otherwise wish to use subtitles.

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This work has been developed as part of a project commenced whilst studying at Warwick University supported by funding obtained from the Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry (AUTP). Please click on the relevant logos to find out more about these organisations

First Rank Symptoms of Schizophrenia

This video gives an overview of the first rank symptoms of schizophrenia first described by Schneider. This will better help you to identify symptoms within your mental state examinations and establish differential diagnoses.

Thought Disorder

Thought disorder is a complex topic and it can be very confusing trying to differentiate and describe patterns when taking a mental state examination. This video gives an overview of key concepts and helps to describe the differences between circumstantiality, tangentiality, flight of ideas and more.

Mental Health Act Brief Overview for Students

This short overview describes how the mental health act applies in England. This helps psychiatry students to get an idea of the key mental health act sections and when these would be suitable. The mental health act and legal implications are constantly evolving so please ensure you are using the most up to date information available when making any decisions.

Mental State Examination (MSE)

This video gives a brief overview of how to conduct and structure a mental state examination (MSE). This describes some key considerations and is a vital skill for medical students preparing for OSCEs and clinical practice


This video gives an overview of the complex antipsychotic clozapine and use in the UK. This information is up to date at the time of publishing but for up to date information please consult your local prescribing guidance or BNF particularly if prescribing for an off-licence indication. This video describes key factors in the commencement of clozapine and side effects or problems to watch out for. Whilst in the UK clozapine must be initiated by a consultant psychiatrist ongoing prescriptions and monitoring are the responsibility of the whole team and it is a medication which is often used when writing exam questions.

Key Reference: Silberstein, S.D., Marmura, M.J. and Yuan, H. (2015) Essential Neuropharmacology, The Prescribers Guide. 2nd Edition. Publisher: Cambridge. Consultant Editor Stahl, S.M.

Risk Assessment

This is a video aimed at those learning to conduct risk assessments within mental health. This is by no means an exhaustive list of factors to consider but helps provide some structure to how to tackle these assessments. There are many supportive risk assessment tools which can be used alongside clinical consultations and MDT discussions.

A Career in Psychiatry (UK)

This video gives a quick overview of the process of training to be a consultant psychiatrist in the UK from medical school through training and gives tips on interviews. We further explain why Psychiatry is a fantastic career choice! When considering an application please check the up to date information provided to you at the time in case they have been altered since this video's release.

Personality Disorder Terminology

What is the difference between emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) and borderline personality disorder? What is the difference between dissocial and antisocial personality disorder? Confused! Find out the differences in this short video.

Dementia Types

This video gives an overview of types of dementia and some conditions which present in a similar way, altering memory. We consider a brief look at pathophysiology and focus on Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia and others! We do not consider delirium here, but this is another important consideration when looking at altered cognition.

Depression (Rapid Overview)

This video gives a really quick summary of depression diagnosis and treatment and gives some key features to ask about. This includes core symptoms of low mood, anhedonia and anergia but also associated symptoms and the biopsychosocial approach!

Specific Delusions

Here we consider some specific types of delusional content: Cotards, Fregoli, De Clerambaults and Capgras Delusions. Each type is considered, and an overview of this symptom described.

Psychiatric History Taking

In this video we discuss the process for completing a psychiatric history. There are many areas covered within this and we aim to give a quick overview of the headings in order to help you to structure your history taking and documentation.

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