39694 - Psychiatry 4

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student:knows the drugs in contemporary society:social uses and meanings, the sociological dimensions of the phenomenon, effects and new usage scenarios. The new forms of addiction without substances, such ad Internet addiction, compulsive shopping, pathological gambling, etc;-will know the criteria for the diagnosis of drug addiction-knowledge of the main forms  of psychopathology related to the use and abuse of substances (alcohol, drugs,medication)-know the most significant medical complications due to substance abuse-know the classification of substances of abuse on the basis of their mechanism of action- know the main strategies of educational intervention in various forms of addiction.

Course contents

The drugs in contemporary society:social uses and meanings, the sociological dimensions of the phenomenon, effects and new usage scenarios. The deep cultural change in recent years has also favored the development of new forms of addiction without substances, such as internet addiction, compulsive shopping, gambling, etc.
The classification of drugs of abuse based on their mechanisms of action, the most significant medical complications and psychopathology due to substance abuse, the criteria for the diagnosis of drug addiction.
The main strategies of educational intervention in various forms of addiction.

Readings/Bibliography

M. Marcucci, G. Lavenia, Realtà virtuale e identità soggettiva. Nuovi mondi e psicopatologia del sè, Asterisco, Urbino 2004.
C.Guerreschi, New addictions. Le nuove dipendenze, San Paolo Edizioni, Roma 2005.
R.Pani, R. Biolcati, Le dipendenze senza droghe. Lo shopping compulsivo, Internet e gioco d'azzardo, UTET Università, Torino 2006.
V. Carretti, D. La Barbera (a cura di) Addiction, Aspetti biologici e di ricerca, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2010.

Teaching methods

Lectures, guided readings, discussion of video material and case studies.

Assessment methods

The assessement of learning is through a final written exam.
The examination at the end of the course  aims to assess the achievement of learning objectives by the student.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, PC.

Office hours

See the website of Barbara Ferrari