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The branch of medicine which focusses on the human mind, its functioning and subsequent behaviours under various circumstances is known as psychology. A psychologist is a doctor who treats various mild to severe mental disorders using behavioural therapy, medicines and cognitive processes.
Who are psychologists?
Psychologists are specialists who study a person's normal and abnormal behavior, emotional, mental states, social processes. They observe, interpret, and record how individuals relate to their surroundings and to one another. Psychologists cannot prescribe medications.
What do psychologists do?
Psychologists help people cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses, etc. mostly through talk therapy using surveys, interviews, and observations.
How to consult a psychologist online?
To consult a psychologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Psychology’ in the search bar to find a list of psychologists along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a psychologist.
Does a psychologist treat all kinds of mental disorder problems?
Yes, psychologists treat most mental disorders including learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
When should I consult a psychologist?
You should consult a psychologist if you feel stressed, depressed or suffer from anxiety. You can also consult a psychologist for performance enhancement and if you need help with trauma, spiritual issues, phobias, etc.
What do we call a psychologist in simple words?
Psychologists are simply known as mental health specialists as they deal with mental and emotional disorders.
Can I consult with a psychologist anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a psychologist any time. Our psychologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best psychologist of India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best psychologists 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 psychologists?
Yes, all psychologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
Are bipolar disorder and depression the same thing?
No, bipolar disorder and depression are both mental health conditions but they are not the same thing. Though they have certain similarities such as periods of sad or low phases, people with bipolar disorder have equal episodes of elevated phases too also called a manic phase. Only a doctor can differentiate between the two after a minimum of 5-6 consultations.
What are the alarming signs of depression?
A few alarming signs of depression which needs medical intervention are distorted thoughts and hallucinations, self-harm, suicidal tendencies, extreme anxiety with chest pain and frequent anger outbursts. If you or your loved one are experiencing the above symptoms, do speak with a psychologist without any further delay.
How long do psychological treatments usually take?
Psychological treatments may vary according to the severity of the mental disorder and condition of the patient. Some treatments range from few weeks to few years for successful treatment.
Will I have to take medicines for depression life long?
For some people, 12-month medicinal compliance with anti-depressants is good enough to successfully recover from depression completely. However, depending upon the severity, some people may have to take it longer than usual cases but not necessarily lifelong.
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