Psychiatry Care

 

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders. These mental disorders include various affective, behavioural, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities. The term was first coined by the German physician Johann Christian Reil in 1808, and literally means the 'medical treatment of the soul' (psych-: soul; from Ancient Greek psykhē: soul; -iatry: medical treatment; from Gk. iātrikos: medical, iāsthai: to heal). A medical doctor specializing in psychiatry is a psychiatrist.

 

Psychiatric assessment typically starts with a mental status examination and the compilation of a case history. Psychological tests and physical examinations may be conducted, including on occasion the use of neuroimaging or other neurophysiological techniques

 

Psychiatric treatment applies a variety of modalities, including psychoactive medication, psychotherapy and a wide range of other techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. 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. Research and treatment within psychiatry as a whole are conducted on an interdisciplinary basis, sourcing an array of sub-specialties and theoretical approaches.

 

 

 

Choosing the right psychiatrist

 

Finding the right psychiatrist for you can be daunting and confusing. It is important to select a psychiatrist who is skilled in the latest treatments, and familiar with current research. The psychiatrist should be calm and understanding and should take an interest in you and what is troubling you. They should give you confidence that they have understood what you have told them, and are able to explain the treatment that you need, leaving you feeling that your concerns and opinions have been respected, and that you have been treated with dignity.

On a more fundamental level you need to find a psychiatrist with whom you will be comfortable sharing your inner-most concerns fears and hopes.

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