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ILS Hospitals: Nurturing Mental Well-being through Psychiatry

Psychiatry, a specialized field of medicine, is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of behavioural, mental, and emotional disorders. At ILS Hospitals, our team of psychiatrists, equipped with medical expertise, plays a crucial role in addressing mental health concerns and substance abuse disorders.

Understanding Psychiatry:

Psychiatrists, as medical doctors, possess the unique ability to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological issues. They are adept at delving into the complexities of mental health disorders, making them instrumental in the holistic care of individuals facing these challenges.

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist:

While psychiatrists and psychologists both contribute to mental health care, they differ in their educational backgrounds and approaches. Psychiatrists, with an MBBS and MD qualification, are medical doctors capable of prescribing medications. On the other hand, psychologists, often with a non-medical background and a focus on psychology, provide counselling and therapy. When deep-rooted medical conditions are involved, consulting a psychiatrist is imperative.

Conditions Treated by Psychiatrists:

  • Our psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosing, treating, and managing a spectrum of mental illnesses and issues, including but not limited to:
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Addiction (e.g., gambling, drugs, alcohol)
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Eating disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Memory problems

When to Consult a Psychiatrist:

Individuals should consider consulting a psychiatrist when experiencing:

  • Inability to Control Emotions:
  • Consistent feelings of sadness, frustration, or hopelessness may indicate the need for psychiatric assistance to manage these emotions effectively.
  • Altered Sleeping Patterns:
  • Disturbed sleep patterns, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, can significantly impact mental health. A psychiatrist can address such issues.
  • Substance Use:
  • Problems related to substance use, whether alcohol, drugs, or other behaviours, warrant psychiatric intervention to reduce and eliminate such abuse.
  • Performance Issues at School or Work:
  • Struggling academically or facing challenges at work may require psychiatric evaluation, especially in children and adolescents.
  • Withdrawal from Social Situations:
  • A withdrawal from social interactions may be indicative of underlying mental health disorders, and seeking help from a psychiatrist is crucial.
  • Unexplained Physical Illnesses:
  • Psychiatrists can diagnose unexplained and frequent physical ailments with no apparent cause.
  • Excessive Anxiety:
  • Feelings of anxiety, stress, or persistent worries can be effectively managed with the assistance of a psychiatrist.
  • Suicidal or Self-Harming Thoughts:
  • Immediate consultation with a psychiatrist is essential if an individual is experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harming behaviour.
  • Violent or Agitated Behaviour:
  • Violent or agitated behaviour may stem from underlying mental health issues, necessitating psychiatric intervention.
  • Behavioural Addictions:
  • Behavioural addictions, such as excessive use of the internet or gaming, may require psychiatric support.
  • Sexual Health Issues:
  • Sexual health problems often have underlying mental health components, and seeking treatment with a psychiatrist may help.
  • Odd, Eccentric Behaviour:
  • Unusual behaviour, such as talking to oneself or impaired self-care, may indicate severe mental health issues requiring psychiatric assistance.

Psychiatric Treatment Approach:

  • Following a comprehensive diagnosis, our psychiatrists devise a tailored treatment plan, which may include:
  • Psychotherapy or talk therapy
  • Medications
  • Brain stimulation therapies

Commonly prescribed medications include antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, stimulants, hypnotics, sedatives, anxiolytics, and mood stabilizers. Collaborative efforts with psychologists, who offer therapies like cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), enhance the overall treatment approach.

At ILS Hospitals, we recognize the intricate connection between mental and physical health, and our dedicated team of psychiatrists strives to provide compassionate care, fostering mental well-being and resilience in individuals facing mental health challenges.

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