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The medical speciality concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders is known as psychiatry. These disorders may be divided into mental illnesses, personality disorders, and severe learning disabilities. A psychiatrist is a doctor who specialises in psychiatry.
Who is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders including substance use disorders.
What do psychiatrists do?
Psychiatrists treat a range of mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, addiction to gambling, drugs, alcohol, suicidal thoughts, and self harm. They are trained to evaluate both physical and mental health aspects of psychological concerns.
How to consult a psychiatrist online?
To consult a psychiatrist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Psychiatry’ in the search bar to find a list of psychiatrists along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a psychiatrist.
Does a psychiatrist treat all kinds of mental problems?
Yes, psychiatrists treat all kinds of mental problems. They diagnose and prescribe medications to treat a variety of simple as well as complex mental illnesses.
When should I consult a psychiatrist?
You should consult a psychiatrist if you are experiencing depression, phobias, stress, anxiety, frequent nightmares, have suicidal thoughts, addicted to smoking/drinking/drugs, and have been diagnosed with mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.
What do we call a psychiatrist in simple words?
Psychiatrists are simply doctors who treat patients suffering from mental health problems.
Can I consult with a psychiatrist anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a psychiatrist any time. Our psychiatrists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best psychiatrist of India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best psychiatrists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care of.
Does video consultation available with all psychiatrists?
Yes, all psychiatrists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
How do psychiatrists treat anxiety?
There are two ways by which psychiatrists treat anxiety – psychotherapy and medication. Psychotherapy involves the use of psychological methods while medication involves use of medicines to treat anxiety. Based on your condition, the psychiatrist will decide the course of treatment.
What conditions can a psychiatrist treat?
Some of the conditions that a psychiatrist can treat are insomnia and other sleep problems, anxiety/worry/fear, hallucinations, delusions, obsessional thinking, suicidal thoughts, addictions, violence/emotional outbursts, excessive drug or alcohol use, and autism/childhood anxiety/intellectual disability.
Should I visit a psychiatrist or psychologist for depression?
Both a psychiatrist and psychologist can help you with your depression. However, if your depression is severe and you feel that you may need medication, you should definitely see a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications while psychologists cannot.
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