Your brain is the master organ that controls the release of various chemicals, which either make you feel good, estatic, elated OR bad, frustrated, dependant, restless and uneasy.
Neuropsychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment of mental disorders. It also includes not only the prevention of mental disorders but also promotion of positive mental health.
For years this medical specialty has been ignored. But due to rapid change in lifestyles and the resulting stress, the psychological health has become vital, now, more than ever. Also the rising numbers of stress-related physical illnesses is testimony to this. It is said, “Mens sana in corpore sano” meaning ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. Hence the power of a positive and healthy mind and its contribution to an individual’s overall health cannot be overlooked. The need of our time, therefore, is to give mental health equal if not greater importance, as we do our physical health.
Psychiatric disorders have since the ancient times carried the heavy burden of stigma. Myths and misconceptions abound. Some of the common myths are:
People with a mental illness are mad, violent and dangerous
All people with Schizophrenia are violent
Depression happens to the mentally weak / is a character flaw and people should just ‘snap out of it’
Addiction is a lifestyle choice and shows a lack of willpower
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as shock therapy, is painful and barbaric
People with a mental illness lack intelligence
Mental health problems do not affect children or youth; any problems they have are just part of growing up
It is the parents’ fault if children suffer from mental health problems
Mental illness is a single, rare disorder
People with a mental illness never get better
Most people who have a mental illness struggle with depression and anxiety
Very little violence in society is caused by people who are mentally ill
Depression has nothing to do with weakness / laziness and results from changes in brain chemistry/function
Addictions involve complex factors including genetics, environment, and other underlying psychiatric conditions such as depression
ECT is one of the most effective treatments especially for very severe or resistant illness
Very intelligent and creative individuals may also suffer from mental illness, just like anyone else
One in five children and youth struggle with their mental health; 70% of mental illness beginning during childhood/adolescence
Mental health disorders in children are caused by biology, environment, or a combination of both
Psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, addiction disorders and developmental disorders are all different categories of very different mental illnesses
Treatments for mental illnesses are effective, more numerous and more sophisticated than ever and researchers continue to discover new treatments
Fortunately, the growing awareness of mental health and illnesses has created a positive environment and lessened the stigma attached to these illnesses which are really biological.
Initial psychiatric assessment of a person typically begins with a case history and mental status examination. Psychological tests and physical examinations may be conducted, including on occasion the use of neuro-imaging or other neuro-physiological techniques.
The combined treatment of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy has become the most common mode of psychiatric treatment in current practice. Treatment may be delivered on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the severity of functional impairment or on other aspects of the disorder in question.
Male and female sexual disorders/ therapy, Anger Management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Premarital Counseling
Suicidal Behavior, Violent Behavior
Marriage/Career Counselling, Abnormal, Unusual, Strange Behavior
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,Addiction
Antisocial Behavior, Depression, Anxiety
Nightmares / Bad Dreams, Stress
Double Personality / Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Unexplained Physical Symptoms, Child and Adolescent Problems
Alcohol Addiction, Withdrawal Symptoms
Drug Abuse and Addiction, Wellness, Electro convulsive therapy
Psychotherapy, Telephonic counselling
Nicotine Addiction, Epilepsy
Intelligence / personality assessment
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