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Psychiatry FAQ

If you are suffering with depression, bipolar disorder, stress and anxiety and considering booking an appointment with a psychiatrist, chances are that you have plenty of questions racing through your mind.

In this article, we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about psychiatry and psychiatric treatment.


What is a Psychiatrist?


A psychiatrist is a health care expert who has specialized in diagnosing and treating different types of mental disorders and emotional problems that people suffer with in their daily lives. A good psychiatrist will not only have years of experience, but he or she will also know how to develop a bond with his or her patients to diagnose their problems with a comprehensive treatment approach.


Which Mental Illnesses Does a Psychiatrist Treat?


A psychiatrist helps people who are suffering with different mental illnesses and disorders.

These can include:


Psychiatrists also help individuals who have suicidal thoughts and other mental difficulties which make them feel worthless or meaningless. He or she knows how to deal with individual problems and which treatment strategies to use.


Psychiatrist or Psychologist?


People are often confused whether they need a psychiatrist or psychologist. As mentioned above, a psychiatrist is a person who is medically trained to treat mental health conditions. Different types of physical illnesses and biological imbalances within the brain can trigger different mental disorders. With proper diagnosis, he or she can help you get rid of them

On the other hand, a psychologist focuses only on psychological mechanisms that are related to your behavior or actions towards certain things.


What are the Signs & Symptoms of Depression?


Depression is one of the rapidly growing mental disorders not only in the United States but in the world. It is a condition where you feel sad for no reason and it occurs from time to time. The feeling can last from small to long periods and can have dramatic, negative impact on your life.

Some of the common signs of depression include:


  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Decrease in energy level and fatigue
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities, hobbies etc.
  • Difficulties with socializing
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Sadness, stress, and anxiety that remain 24/7


If you have any of the above symptoms, you need to check with a psychiatrist immediately. You can book an appointment with one of our expert mental health experts today.


How Does a Psychiatrist Treat You?


Our psychiatrist will undergo a detailed diagnosis which not only includes a question and answer session, but they will also get to know about your personal background to track down the possible events that might be the root cause of your current situation.

Once diagnosed, you will either be treated using psychiatric therapy alone or in some cases a mix of psychiatry and medications.


Are there Psychiatrists for Special Cases?


Yes! At Novum Psychiatry, you will find specialized psychiatrists as well who focus on treating particular issues like drug addiction, geriatric psychiatry, schizophrenia, etc. Our psychiatrists are highly qualified and offer great results that help you live a healthier and happier life.


What are the Warning Signs of Suicide?


If you are a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, it must be taken very seriously. Whether it is you or someone else you love or know, here are some warning signs of suicide:


  • Directly expressing suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Restlessness and fatigue
  • Sudden change of will or putting affairs in order
  • Abruptly changing from being extremely depressed to calm


If you or your loved ones have any of these symptoms, you need to consult with a psychiatrist immediately. Delaying the matter will only lead to more difficulties in life. We can help you get in touch with the right mental health expert who will help you overcome these thoughts, regain your interest in life, and enjoy a healthier life.


What are the Signs of Being Mentally Ill?


Some of the most common signs that tell if someone is mentally ill include:


  • Delusions & hallucinations
  • Sadness and irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drug abuse, especially among adults
  • Feeling angry all the time
  • Sudden mood swings


Do I Need A Psychiatrist Only for Serious Cases?


No. Whether it is a mild or severe mental disorder, you need to check with a psychiatrist as soon as possible. The reason is those minor illnesses will soon turn into major problems which only lead to a tougher life. It is better to reverse the condition before it spreads too much.

We have psychiatrists that can help you cope with both minor and major mental health cases.

Book an appointment today to begin your journey to a happier and healthier life!



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