Psychiatry

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine which focuses on the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of the behavioural, mental and emotional disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, specializing in mental health including substance use disorders. The psychiatrists are qualified to asses both the physical and mental aspects of the psychological problems.

People might be in need of psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can arise suddenly like frightening hallucinations, panic attack, hearing voices, thoughts of suicide and much more. There might be long-term issues also like feelings of sadness, anxiousness or hopelessness which can be diagnosed and treated by the psychological intervention.

There are a variety of treatment options adopted by psychiatry to treat the patients. These include psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions and various other forms of treatment, depending on the need of every patient. The psychiatric medications are capable of correcting imbalances in the working of the brain that can bring about some mental disorders. Some patients are on long-term medication treatment. They will need to have a periodical appointment with the psychiatrists in order to monitor the effectiveness of the medication or find out if there are any side effects.

The psychiatrists often prescribe the medications in combination with psychotherapy. Some other treatments adopted are Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT, Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS, vagus nerve stimulation or VNS, transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS and various other therapies to treat mental disorders.

There are marked differences between psychiatry and psychology. Both psychologists and psychiatrists work for the mental well-being of their clients, but there are distinct differences between the two fields of study. Psychiatry is a branch of medical science, wherein the practitioners are trained doctors and can prescribe medications. The psychologists, on the other hand, focus on psychotherapy and the treatment of emotional and mental suffering in people. They engage in behavioural intervention. The psychologists are also qualified to conduct various kinds of psychological testing which can assess the mental state of a person and determine the effective course of treatment.

Nowadays psychiatric treatment is a combination of psychotherapy and psychiatric medication. Modern practice also involves various other modalities like assertive community treatment, community reinforcement and supported employment. A psychiatrist basically functions in the following areas:

  • Help in managing a long-term mental condition of health
  • Providing urgent care for a sudden mental illness
  • Providing advice about the changes in lifestyle
  • Working with the patient on an individual level
  • Admitting to the hospital if required

A psychiatrist can help with mental health conditions which are difficult to diagnose, involve suicidal ideas, needs medication, is severe or is not responding to a standard mode of treatment.

Departments

ClearMedi offers various subspecialties of psychiatry, catering to the needs of every individual and patient who gets admitted in their hospitals. The following are some of the departments where experienced care is offered:

  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Brain injury medicine
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Epilepsy
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Pain medicine
  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Sleep medicine
Infrastructure/Equipments

ClearMedi has every infrastructure and medicinal prerequisites for catering to the psychiatric needs of the patients admitted. There are well-established departments with cabins, OPDs with well-equipped examination rooms, separate space for psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers and demonstration rooms. There are separate wards for females and males equipped with nursing stations, pantry and clinical demonstration rooms and a side room for doctors.