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A physician who specializes in psychiatry, which is the branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorder, is known as a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist evaluates patients and determines if their symptoms are the result of a physical illness or mental illness or a combination of psychological and physical illness.
Psychiatrists tend to treat people suffering from severe depression, schizophrenia, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts. They prescribe medicines, psychotherapy, and may also use electroconvulsive therapy (brain stimulation therapy). Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy, which involves personal interaction between the psychiatrist and the patient. It includes psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, humanistic therapy, and holistic therapy. It improves the individual’s mental health and helps resolve troublesome compulsions, beliefs, thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
The signs and symptoms of mental illness are feeling sad, reduced concentration, extreme fear, fatigue, paranoia, hallucinations, alcohol and drug abuse, suicidal thoughts, changes in libido, etc. If you notice such symptoms, that keep recurring and affects your day to day activities, consult a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist will assess your symptoms, and provide urgent care and advice on lifestyle changes. With the help of online healthcare platforms, you can ask questions to a psychiatrist online, by posting a question or through video and phone consultation.
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