A psychiatrist is a mental health specialist who can diagnose and treat a wide range of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, substance abuse, and autism. A psychiatrist uses a combination of personal counselling, detailed behavioural analysis, and medication to treat a person.
An appointment with a psychiatrist is a must if you experience sudden mood changes, anxiety, depression, excessive dependence on drugs, experience a mental illness, suffer from memory issues, become less focused on tasks, become antisocial, and observe excessive negative tendencies. These symptoms, individually or combined, are an indication of a psychiatric problem. An immediate consultation can help in early diagnosis that helps in better and effective treatment.
Psychiatry deals with a wide range of disorders, thus leading to several specializations. A few are Addiction psychiatrist (work with individuals addicted to drugs), Adult psychiatrist (helps adults in overcoming stress, depression and other mental illnesses), Child psychiatrist (understands the issues of children), Geriatric psychiatrist (works with the elderly), Neuropsychiatrist (deals with disorders and injuries of the brain and the central nervous system), and Organizational psychiatrist ( specialist in workplace behaviour).
The consultation fee of a psychiatrist in Delhi varies between Rs. 800/- to Rs. 3,000/-. However, other charges such as the cost of medications, the cost of diagnostic tests may vary with hospitals and duration of treatment.
Neurodevelopmental disorders: These disorders are common in children and include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) disorder, learning issues and autism.
Psychotic disorders: Psychotic disorders are characterized by loss of reality, and the patient experiences hallucinations and delusions. Often, there are issues with social behaviour such as speech problems. One of the most common psychotic disorders a psychiatrist treats is schizophrenia.
Depressive disorders: Depression can adversely affect the social and emotional life of an individual. A psychiatrist tries to understand the causes behind the episode of depression and provides necessary counselling and medications to overcome the same.
Anxiety disorders: An anxious person possesses a negative outlook to life and thinks about misfortune and danger. This class includes those afflicted by various types of phobias and need to consult a psychiatrist .
Personality disorders: A large number of personality disorders such as emotional problems, mood swings, unhealthy social behaviour, narcissistic personality disorders, abnormal feeding behaviour, sleep-wake disorders, and sexual disorders are treated by a psychiatrist.