I am tired of people declaring they subscribe either to a bio-medical pr psycho-social perspective.
Its high time we realise the the Mind is the control centre to the body and it does not make sense to separate the two or ignore either one while providing medical care.
Next time you go to a hospital, see whether your doctor asks about your work, your family, your eating behaviours, your thinking pattern, personality etc. Because it is these factors that are going to affect whether you will stick to treatment and how soon will you recover.
It is time to start integrating psychology in the medical setting, not as a separate department but as an adjunct to all the existing departments.This is essential not only for treatment adherence, patient satisfaction and to avoid patient attrition.
We need to focus on creating STRONG RELATIONSHIPS for better health care.
We need to go beyond accurate diagnosis simply writing a prescription. We need to start asking what is going on with them ,how they are feeling and how their family is doing.
When you go to a healthcare setting, it is time to feel “CARED FOR”
Its simple logic dear doctors … if we do not take care of their anxiety, depression , insomnia or anhedonia, They are not going to be able to take care of their diabetes, dislipidemia, asthma, obesity, arthritis or any other physical ailments they are suffering from.
Putting the many pieces of health care together in a way that works is tough.
It demands that the staff embrace flexibility and continuous evaluation.
However, let us take the first step.
Let us start to accept a multidisciplinary approach where we integrate the services provided for patient care.
Recognising Behavioural Medicine is the need of the hour.
If you are seeing your doctor about a mental health condition, you may feel overwhelmed and even embarrassed.
Mental illnesses may be caused by a reaction to trauma, environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances or a combination of these. With proper care and treatment many people learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder. To increase the chance that treatment works, patients and their families should actively participate in their care and treatment. This means understanding your condition, taking an active role in your care and recovery, and asking questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a “dumb” question when it comes to your health.
Take this list of questions with you the next time you go to see your doctor, and write down the answers for future reference.
The answer to some of your questions may help you and your doctor choose the treatment that is best for you. Treatment for mental health problems may include counseling (psychotherapy) and/or medication. Mental health disorders respond well to treatment. Talk to your doctor, and learn as much as you can about your condition and its treatments.
Questions About Your Mental Health Diagnosis
- What is my diagnosis? Can you explain it in simple language that I can understand?
- What are the possible causes of my condition?
- What is the prescribed treatment? What are the benefits and risks?
- Is this the most successful treatment available? Are there other treatments available?
- How soon should treatment start? How long will it last?
- What are my options if this treatment fails?
- Do I need a follow-up visit?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have done their specialization in psychiatry. They manage mental health problems with prescription of medicines or psychotropic drugs that affect the nervous system.
Therapy comes from the Greek work therapeia which means healing.
Thus psychotherapy means healing of the psyche or the mind.
In contrast to the symptomatic treatment of psychiatrist psychotherapy aims to understand “why” and not just the “what” of a person’s problems. It aims to heal the emotional wounds that give rise to the symptoms!
Psychotherapy is conducted with individuals, groups, couples and families.
Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits.
There are many different approaches in psychotherapy, or talking therapies.
A Psychotherapist is not your friend or family.
She doesn’t give you advice or instructions. Therapy is a process of finding a way together.
Friends and family serve a different role- an invested, emotionally involved view.
Sometimes the best thing a person requires is an objective third party support and insight and unconditional positive regard and acceptance (not approval) in the realms of a professional relationship.
A Psychotherapist provides congruence, empathy and an unconditional positive regard. He guides you and builds with you a therapeutic relationship which is seen as a safe place to promote growth, healing and change.
It is a difficult process requiring commitment and efforts from the client as well as the therapist.