Dr Abrar Hussain is a consultant psychiatrist with a wealth of experience and expertise in many areas of his field. His specialties include depression, anxiety, traumatic stress and personality disorders, amongst many other areas of psychiatry. He has a special interest in the assessment and management of medically unexplained symptoms including functional neurological disorders. He runs a specialist service within the NHS for patients with functional disorders and persistent physical symptoms.
He completed his medical training as a gold medallist and subsequently finished his post graduate training in psychiatry in London. He was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2009. He is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register for General Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry.
In addition to his training in pharmacological (medicines) management, he is trained in psychological therapies. He is an Accredited Therapist in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), a form of psychological therapy based on relationships with self and others. He is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a powerful approach aimed at processing traumatic experiences.
Dr Hussain has published his work in journals and presented at national and international conferences. He is invited on a regular basis to deliver talks to clinicians and trainees. He has won prizes for his poster presentations.
Functional Neurological Disorders
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Best Poster – EMDR in the treatment of psychosomatic symptoms, European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, Verona, 2018
Poster prize – Measuring outcomes in medically unexplained symptoms in the outpatient setting: Observations from a neurology MUS clinic, London, 2013
Poster prize – Medically Unexplained Symptoms: opportunities for collaborative working, a public survey of awareness and attitudes to referrals, Reading, 2013
Hussain A, Salvadori A. Medically Unexplained Symptoms in General Practice. Clinical Focus Primary Care 2014; 8(3):132-136
Ahmed K, Hussain A. A leaflet to improve knowledge and attitudes to help seeking for mental illness among Muslim
The Psychiatrist. 1 April 2014
Crawford MJ, Parry AMH, Weston ARW, Seretis D, Zauter-Tutt M, Hussain A, Mostajabi P, Sanatinia R, North B. Relationship between price paid for off-trade alcohol, alcohol consumption and income in England: a cross-sectional survey. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2012 Nov-Dec;47(6):738-42
Hussain A, Thirkell T, Taher A. Enhancing the effectiveness of an Assertive Outreach Team: Case study. The Psychiatrist 2011; 35: 266-268
Hussain A, Husni M. Preparing for MRCPsych CASC – an insight based on experience. British Journal of Medical Practitioners 2010;3(2):314
Hussain A, Mohan A, Sathiyasekaran BWC. Response to ban on smoking in public places – a cross-sectional study. Journal of Indian Medical Association 2009;107(7):450-452
Hussain A. Pressures on Psychiatry
BMA News. 2009 Sep 5
Hussain A, Belderbos S. Risperidone in the treatment of psychosis associated with multiple sclerosis – A Case Report. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2008;22(8):925
Hussain A, Burke J. Mirtazapine associated with Recurrent Pancreatitis – A Case Report. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2008;22(3):336-337
Hussain A. Redefining the role of nurses
Psychiatric Bulletin July 2008; 32(7): 275