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Evaluates you typically makes a diagnosis after the first or second visit. As a next step, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your goals and concerns. Our long-term goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain good mental health, and to function at the highest possible level in their lives.
The psychiatrist does not need to know about all your childhood issues in the first appointment. He will ask you only questions that are relevant to the current problem in the first appointment. Childhood issues will be discussed only if therapy is adviced. The first appointment will take about 25mins t0 half an hour in most cases. He will speak to your family member if available, alone if needed. In case you would like to speak to the psychiatrist alone you can always request for the same. Confidentiality will be maintained.
There are many kinds of therapies like brief dynamic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, marital therapy etc. All therapies are good when used by trained therapists.
Remember for therapies to work the patient must be willing to work through the process and follow the instructions given by the therapist.
To answer this commonly asked question we will first have to define what cure means.
If we use the strictest definition that cure means the patient will not get the illness again in life then most of the illnesses do not have a cure. Eg> diabetes, hypertension, numerous neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, strokes, motor neuron disease, dementia, etc
Psychiatrists prescribe a whole range of medications to patients. Please remember majority of the medications given are not addicting and can easily be stopped without the patient feeling the craving for the medication or withdrawal symptoms. The medications which cause addiction belong to a group of medications called benzodiazepine which are used by psychiatrists for treating anxiety problems, disturbed sleep, aggression etc. They must be used continuously only for up to 4 weeks and then tapered off and stopped. Other medications which can cause dependence are certain stimulators used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders like methyl phenidate etc.
Remember doctors of other specialty also use benzodiazepines for various conditions and psychological problems you might just not be aware of it.
Always ask your doctor if the medications you are receiving can cause dependence it your responsibility to ask as much as the doctors to tell you about dependence potential of medications.
No. Psychiatrists evaluate and treat individuals with a wide range of difficulties. This is true for those who seek out treatment themselves and those who are referred by others.