This article aims at helping people who are not very familiar with medic terms understand what psychiatrists really do and when and why they should seek their services.
Psychiatry is an area of medicine involving the study, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. A psychiatrist deals with the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of mental health and emotional problems. The psychiatrist has to undergo at least four years of mandatory medical school training before specializing in the field of psychiatry.
Their career revolves around understanding the human mind and factors that influence thoughts, feelings and behavior. They study all sorts of mental health conditions and offer different treatment procedures.
Some of the Mental Health illnesses that psychiatrists look into include:
Depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, Panic Attacks, Post Traumatic Stress disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Personality disorders, psychosis, Autism spectrum disorders, substance use disorders, mood disorders and many other mental health issues.
How do they identify a mental health condition?
Unlike other medical conditions, there are no specific laboratory tests to confirm a persons mental health condition. Instead, a patient undergoes a series of psychological tests, and assessments. Similarly, biochemical tests are also performed to check the patient’s physical health status.
After the identification of the mental illness, Psychiatrists use several forms of treatment. Treatment helps in managing the mental health illness. treatment includes; psychotherapy, medications such as antipsychotics, mood stabilizers and antidepressants. Psychotherapy may include cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy or group counselling. Hospitalization may also be needed in severe cases.
Psychiatrists work closely with other mental health professionals. Such as, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, spiritual therapists, music therapists and many others to ensure holistic recovery.
A team of experienced psychiatrists who realized the gap between quality Mental Healthcare and individuals who need the services formed Oasis Health Specialty Hospital. At oasis, there are many Psychiatrists who work diligently and passionately to ensure patient recovery. Oasis remains one of Kenya’s best Mental Health Institutions and Drug rehabilitation facility.