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Psychiatry topics for USMLE Step 2 CK

Psychiatry topics for USMLE Step 2 CK

Mental Disorders

Health and Health Maintenance

  • Early identification and intervention (eg, suicide potential, depression, alcohol/substance abuse, family involvement in schizophrenia)

Mechanisms of Disease

  • Biologic markers of mental disorders and mental retardation syndromes
  • Intended/unintended effects of therapeutic interventions, including effects of drugs on neurotransmitters


  • Mental disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence (eg, mental retardation; communication disorders; pervasive developmental disorders; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; disruptive disorders; tic disorders; elimination disorders)
  • Substance-related disorders (eg, alcohol and other substances)
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders (eg, bipolar disorders; major unipolar depressive disorders; dysthymic disorder; mood disorder due to a general medical condition; medication-induced mood disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders (eg, panic disorder; phobia; obsessive-compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; generalized anxiety disorder; acute stress disorder; separation anxiety disorder; anxiety due to a general medical condition; substance-induced anxiety disorder)
  • Somatoform disorders (eg, factitious disorder; somatization disorder; pain disorder; conversion disorder; hypochondriasis)
  • Other disorders/conditions (eg, sexual and gender identity disorders; personality disorders; child, spouse, elder abuse; eating disorders; adjustment disorders; dissociative disorders; psychological factors affecting medical conditions)

Principles of Management
(With emphasis on topics covered in Diagnosis)

  • Pharmacotherapy only
  • Management decision (treatment/diagnosis steps)
  • Treatment only



Categorised as: Psychiatry 2

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