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Psychiatry Care FAQs

 

Q1. Where can I find a Psychiatrist?
Q2. If I/my relative or my friend is suicidal, what should I do?
Q3. What is a psychiatrist?
Q4. What are the most common mental illnesses and how are they treated?
Q5. I feel tired and restless, not able to concentrate on my job and at home. Feel like running away. What is wrong with me?<
Q6. I get frequent headaches. Several physicians have suggested it could be psychological as all my medical reports have continuously been normal. Are headaches really psychological?
Q7. I am an young executive who has always been known for my need for perfection. I am also extremely hygiene conscious. Of late, I have been getting repeated and unrealistic thoughts with a lot of anxiety. My friends say I have OCD. What is OCD?
Q8. My wife has delivered a baby recently. Since then, she is angry, aggressive, suspicious and is not taking care of the baby. Why is she like this?
Q9. We have two children. The older child is very careless in studies, makes repeated spelling mistakes. The teachers report that he is extremely hyperactive and distracted. He refuses to write but can recite well orally. He has no other health problems. My younger son is perfectly normal and is getting effected by my older son's behaviour. We have stopped going out as a family because of my son's bad behaviour. Is there any solution to our situation?
Q10. What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Q11. What are the most common problems that result in chronic pain?
Q12. Is there a difference in terms of treatment and approach to treating chronic pain as opposed to acute pain?

Q1. Where can I find a Psychiatrist?
A1. You can find a Psychiatrist by contacting BHN Health Care on +91-9167084443 +91-9167184445 +91-9920833386 or email us your request on care@bhnhealthcare.com bhnhealthcare@gmail.com or filled the contact form in Contactus

     Psychiatrist is a physician with specialty training in psychiatry who has expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of individuals with psychiatric disorders.

Q2. If I/my relative or my friend is suicidal, what should I do?
A2. If you are concerned about someone being suicidal, there are several ways to find assistance:

• If you feel that the individual is in immediate danger do NOT leave him or her alone. Take him or her to the nearest hospital emergency room or call the police/RCMP immediately.

For more detail refer our section Suicide and Suicidality.

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Q3. What is a psychiatrist?
A3. A psychiatrist is a licensed physician who has specialty training in the brain, mind, body intertie. Psychiatric physicians (psychiatrists) are trained to diagnose and treat illnesses that cause psychosis or abnormal behavior. That illness may be a brain disorder commonly called a "mental illness," such as schizophrenia, or it may be one of hundreds of other illnesses, such as a thyroid malfunction, circulatory problem or cancer, that is causing the mental symptoms.

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Q4. What are the most common mental illnesses and how are they treated?
A4. The most common mental illnesses are depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, other anxiety disorders, and eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. They are usually treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

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Q5. I feel tired and restless, not able to concentrate on my job and at home. Feel like running away. What is wrong with me?
A5. Most symptoms which include restlessness and fatigue, which cannot be explained by any physical ailment can be attributed to stress. Visit your physician to rule out any physical ailment including a thyroid or any other hormonal problem. If all these tests are normal, examine your lifestyle. Are you stressed or unhappy about work or are you dealing with any crisis on the home front or in a relationship?

Spend a short while analysing your recent lifestyle and habits. You are sure to be able to understand what is stressing you out. Simple lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, mild exercise and a positive outlook towards life will go a long way in helping you beat stress.

Should you still feel the same seek professional help for psychological assessment and Counseling.

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Q6. I get frequent headaches. Several physicians have suggested it could be psychological as all my medical reports have continuously been normal. Are headaches really psychological?
A6. Your physicians are probably right in suggesting that your headaches could be psychological. Very often when we are under severe psychological stress or when dealing with difficult issues we might get frequent headaches and body aches. If all your tests are indeed normal, visit a psychiatrist for an assessment and possible cause for your headache.

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Q7. I am an young executive who has always been known for my need for perfection. I am also extremely hygiene conscious. Of late, I have been getting repeated and unrealistic thoughts with a lot of anxiety. My friends say I have OCD. What is OCD?
A7. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is defined by repetitive and sometimes irrational thoughts which are usually accompanied with anxiety and sometimes panic. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and at sometimes accompanied by ritualistic actions. Thoughts are usually negative and involve issues of health, religion and work. Sometimes the thoughts may be extremely irrational and one feels helpless because one is unable to control or stop these thoughts. Any attempted control usually leads to severe anxiety. You definitely need to visit a psychiatrist and get assessed. However, all people who are particular about perfection need not be suffering from OCD. Sometimes the personality may define your actions. Usually treatment for OCD is in the form of medication for severe cases in addition to couselling & psychotherapy.

Cognitive behaviour therapy is the most effective therapy defined for obsessive thoughts along with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

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Q8. My wife has delivered a baby recently. Since then, she is angry, aggressive, suspicious and is not taking care of the baby. Why is she like this?
A8. Your wife could be suffering from some form of post partum illness which is most common amongst people that recently delivered babies. The causes mediated by hormones and neuro transmitters which have a profound effect on the brain. The mildest form is post partum blues characterised by feelings of inadequacy, depression and anxiety which every woman experiences a few days after delivering the baby. More severe forms could include post partum depression and post partum psychosis. Kindly take your wife to a psychiatrist for an assessment. Treat this as an emergency as symptoms could escalate over time.

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Q9. We have two children. The older child is very careless in studies, makes repeated spelling mistakes. The teachers report that he is extremely hyperactive and distracted. He refuses to write but can recite well orally. He has no other health problems. My younger son is perfectly normal and is getting effected by my older son's behaviour. We have stopped going out as a family because of my son's bad behaviour. Is there any solution to our situation?
A9. Your older child might be suffering from a hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with or without a mild learning disability (Dislexia). However, both these disorders are rather over diagnosed and several normal and naughty children fall prey to it.

Kindly take both your children to a child psychologist or a psychiatrist and get a realistic assessment. If your older child indeed suffers from any of the above disorders they are completely treatable with or without medication.

Behaviour therapy and remedial learning are methods which ensure better scholastic performance and behaviour. In the meantime, kindly stop comparing your younger child to your older child. In the process, you are creating a psychological rift between both the children. Also analyse general family atmosphere and the school atmosphere that your children are exposed to. Sometimes children react to emotional conflicts with bad and attention seeking behaviour. A realistic assessment will put your fears to rest. Be sure to take parental guidance and couselling, both of which are invaluable in helping you deal with the children better.

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Q10. What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
A10. Acute pain is of short duration, usually the result of an injury, surgery or illness.

Chronic pain is an ongoing condition, often in the back, neck, head, as wells as neuropathic pain (nerve injury pain), musculoskeletal pain, and pain related to illness. Your physician may refer you to the Pain Management Center because your chronic pain condition has not responded to conventional therapies.

Treatments for acute and chronic pain are generally quite different. In some cases, acute and chronic pain can be stopped or alleviated by a single procedure or series of procedures. Sometimes, chronic pain is part of a widespread disease process, and the specific cause may be difficult to pinpoint. Once we have identified the specific factor causing the pain, we may be able to treat it so that the condition no longer occurs. In some patients, the specific factor causing the pain--such as cancer--cannot be changed, but we may be able to reduce the pain or help the patient to better cope with the pain through a combination of medical, psychosocial and rehabilitation techniques.



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Q11. What are the most common problems that result in chronic pain?
A11. While there are a multitude of conditions that may lead to chronic pain, we have found the following to be most prevalent in our patients:
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Muscle Pain (Myalgia)
• Nerve Pain
• Headaches
• Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles)
• Fibromyalgia
• Osteoarthritis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Q12. Is there a difference in terms of treatment and approach to treating chronic pain as opposed to acute pain?
A12. Well, let’s just say that there should be a difference although many therapists treat chronic pain as an acute pain that has been around for a while. I think this is flaw in our approach. There are fundamental differences between acute and chronic pains and there are physiological differences that occur in the body when a pain has persisted for a long time. The toolbox of techniques that we have for the acute pains is actually quite large and quite effective and when we try to use that same toolbox for chronic pain we may run into trouble because it doesn’t seem to be as effective. We need to use a different set of tools for chronic pain.

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