Mental Health Problems and Treatment
The typical reaction of a person, who is advised to consult a psychiatrist, is “Am I mad?” There are lot of myths and misconceptions about persons needing Psychiatric help, and the role of Psychiatrist with them.
Among the ailments affecting mankind, mental illness is the least understood both among the public and sadly even among the doctors. Mental illnesses are very common, and easily treatable. It is a pre-cursor to various ailments and a lot of expensive tests and unnecessary medication can be avoided if the problem is identified as early as possible.
Individuals undergoing multiple doctor consultations, multiple tests (Scan, X-Ray, Blood, master check-up), taking self medication for chest pain, stomach pain, neck and low back pain, headache without an apparent diagnosis of disease.
All doctors say “Nothing is abnormal”, but still they are suffering. At one point of time the family members also get frustrated and fail to hear their problems. They feel “Nobody understands my physical sufferings” “Even doctors do not understand my problems”. It is also a form of Mental Illness termed as SOMATISATION – HYPOCHONDRIASIS. It is very important to understand that their sufferings, like pain are real and not imagination or over representation. They need sympathy from family members. And they need empathy and scientific treatment from a good Psychiatrist or Physician.