Slovakia's first neuropsychiatrist: Psychiatric disorder is still a stigma

Neuropsychiatry in Slovakia is still in its infancy.

Radovan HrubýRadovan Hrubý(Source: Archive of Radovan Hrubý)

Radovan Hrubý puts his books and the journal where his article was published on the table, when he arrives to the meeting at a restaurant in the suburbs of the central-Slovak town of Martin. Being Slovakia's first neuropsychiatrist, he is aware that his field, well-established abroad but still in its infancy in Slovakia, requires a basic introduction.

“It is a small miracle that neuropsychiatry found its way to Slovakia because even a relatively big part of the academic community does not understand what it's about,” he told The Slovak Spectator.

People tend to think that neuropsychiatry combines neurology and psychiatry. Hrubý explains that it is not possible because there is so much knowledge that only artificial intelligence could embrace it all.

“There is a really thin line between neurology and psychiatry and that’s where neuropsychiatrists operate,” he said.

Neuropsychiatry developed in the US from regular psychiatry. Doctors noticed that when a brain is damaged and there is a neurological disorder, various mental and behavioural disorders arise after surgeries or accidents. They often have different symptoms, indications that they would have just the disorders alone.

The first in Slovakia

Hrubý, 43, decided to specialise in this field when he was a medical student.

“I was dreaming about it, visiting the webpages of American Neuropsychiatric Association,” he said.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Health care

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

The campaign goes to parliament after the last polls

SNS and Smer are ready to spend a lot of money to save their numbers ahead of the election.

Peter Pellegrini's cabinet sent costly measures to parliament just days before election.

Race walker Tóth named among decade’s Top 10 athletes

The ranking is published by the US magazine Track and Field News.

Matej Tóth winning Olympic gold.

Čaputová in Munich: Leaders have a special responsibility to resist populism

The rule of law requires strong institutions and active citizens but also political leaders who abide by it.

President Zuzana Čaputová at the Munich Security Conference