For the Faculty of Medicine, we provide lectures and exams on the topics of psychiatry, psychiatry for students of dentistry, medical psychology, and nursing psychiatry, all in Czech as well as in English. In the field of psychiatry there is also a PhD program, and the clinic has permission to the world of management in this field. It is also involved in specialized education; the workplace is accredited in the disciplines of psychiatry, children and adolescent psychiatry, and addictive diseases. Board certification exams in psychiatry took place in the spring and autumn of 2014.
To restore mental health
The clinic has 60 acute care beds and 56 beds for subsequent care (the sanatorium for addictive diseases in Nechanice). It provides psychiatric emergency and planned care across the spectrum of mental disorders. !e sanatorium for addictive diseases in Nechanice is a separate workplace of the Department of Psychiatry. !erapeutic care for men and women addicted to psychoactive substances is provided there, including care for those addicted to alcohol and for pathological gamblers. Treatment in the form of short-term and medium-term withdrawal of treatment (5 - 14 weeks) is offered only to patients who agree to voluntary hospitalization. In addition to general psychiatric care, our outpatient clinic provides services for the treatment of affective disorders, for child hood and adolescent psychiatric disorders, and for the treatment of alcoholism and other drug addictions (AT outpatient section). Since the year 2000, the methadone substitution program for the chronically ill dependent on opioids takes place at the AT outpatient clinic. Part of the general psychiatric outpatient clinic is a counseling center for the treatment of psychotic disorders and a clinic for sleep disorders.
Center for sleep disorders and biorhythms
The Department of Psychiatry (together with three other departments) is involved in the activities of the center for sleep disorders. It diagnoses a variety of sleep disorders and biological rhythms: insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, sleep disorders associated with physical or mental illness, disorders of the rhythm of sleep and wakefulness, parasomnia (night terrors, nightmare, somnambulism), other sleep disorders of biological rhythms, and psychological complications of disorders of breathing in sleep. In addition to standard and special examinations, it carries out somnological examination and actigraphy (examination of biological rhythms). Appropriate treatment is then selected according to the result of the examination.
So that medicine does no harm
One of the current priorities of the department is the research program ANTRE (led by Assoc. Prof. Masopust). !e research deals with hematological and cardiometabolic side effects of antipsychotics in the treatment of psychotic disorders.
Can we uncover the causes of schizophrenia?
On the initiative of Professor Hosák, the research of endophenotypes in schizophrenia and their genetic substrate takes place at the department and serves as a viable way of gradually revealing the causes of this major mental illness.