Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Consulting a psychiatrist means that I must be MAD?

    A psychiatrist treats various psychological problems like anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, panic disorders, anger issues, alcohol and tobacco dependence, academic issues and various other issues. In fact majority of the problems treated by psychiatrists the patient is in complete control of himself/herself and are holding successful and responsible jobs. The common stereotypical psychiatry patient depicted in movies and in the media form only a very minute percentage of patients seen by psychiatrists. You can consult a psychiatrist for even minor issues which might be troubling you and get suitable advice.

  • Q. Will the psychiatrist ask me about all my childhood issues in the first appointment?

    The psychiatrist does not need to know about all your childhood issues in the first appointment. He will ask you only questions that are relevant to the current problem in the first appointment. Childhood issues will be discussed only if therapy is adviced. The first appointment will take about 25mins t0 half an hour in most cases. He will speak to your family member if available, alone if needed. In case you would like to speak to the psychiatrist alone you can always request for the same. Confidentiality will be maintained.

  • Q. Are talk therapy useful?

    There are many kinds of therapies like brief dynamic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, marital therapy etc. All therapies are good when used by trained therapists.

  • Q. If I see a psychiatrist, will I have to take medication?

    No. The purpose of a psychiatric evaluation is to closely look at all the factors that may be contributing to the difficulty you are experiencing. Once the biological, social, and psychological factors involved and how they are interacting is determined, a psychiatrist can make treatment recommendations. Treatment plans including medication may or may not be indicated.

  • Q. What types of conditions can psychiatric medication help with?

    There are a wide range of psychiatric medications for many different types of conditions and diagnoses.

  • Q. Is rehabilitation possible when patient is still on medication?

    It is very important for the patient to have a schedule so that he / she can get back to functional levels very soon. Keeping the patient occupied and busy is an important responsibility but at times it is not possible to do this at home, for this professional help is required and it’s better to put the patient in rehab for some time.

  • Q. What are the early signs that may indicate the onset of Mental illness?

    Noticeable changes in behaviour, moods - suspicious of other; depressed; anxious; withdrawn; tense; irritable or angry. Mood swings, sleep disturbances and changes in appetite, restless, either hyper energetic or hyper exhaustion.

  • Q. What is the role of the family?

    Family has the most important role in the treatment, they can steer the treatment in a positive direction by being honest, committed and sincere. The disease of addiction is a very manipulative; patient knowingly or unknowingly can blackmail their families, so the family should be mentally prepared and discuss the treatment openly and honestly with their therapists.

  • Q. Are medicines to be taken life long?

    There is no general rule. It varies from person to person but it does affect the quality of life to some extent. However, keeping symptoms under control is more important than any other aspect of life. The new generations of atypical anti-psychotics are believed to promote quality of life more than the older drugs.

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