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1. Who is a Psychologist?
Psychologist is person who holds a degree in psychology and is able diagnose and treat mental illness with counselling therapies.They cant be called as doctor as they never attend a medical school and can't prescribe medicines.
2. What is the difference between Psychiatrist and Psychologist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can treat complex mental health issues like severe depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and suicidal tendencies by prescribing medicines.A psychologist is specialized in treating behavioral issues, learning difficulties and anxiety etc.
3. What is the work of a Psychologist?
A psychologist will talk to you and listen to your problems. He/She will do an interactive conversation with you to understand the cause mental distress.
4. Why should someone see a Psychologist?
One should consult a psychologist if facing issues like excessive stress, anxiety or any kind of phobia, anxiety or feeling too low for unusually long time.
5. Does a Psychologist prescribe medicines?
No, a Psychologist is not a medical professional specialized in medicines, so he/she can't prescribe medicines.They help in treating mental health issues with counselling sessions.
Psychology is the branch of medical science that deals with the study of human behaviour. It concentrates on healing patients with psychological and emotional suffering through discussion sessions and behavioural therapies. Psychologists study the rational, emotional, and societal behaviour of the patients through observations and try to interpret their condition in context to their environments.
Life is full of complications and with increasing competition, there is mounting pressure, causing immense stress and anxiety. Then, there are mishaps which affect the mind adversely and hamper the social and personal life of the individuals. Mental illness affects as severely as any physical illness and it should not be left untreated. If you feel depressed, or stressed out, or suffer from any kind of relationship issues, it is better to visit a psychologist. People tend to have taboos about visiting a psychologist, but regular visits are advisable if any of these symptoms are noticed.
There are several specializations under psychology depending on the type of behavioural or mental condition. They vary from a paediatric psychologist for children to clinically treating adult emotional health. There are special departments to guide a business to understand the psyche of the consumers. Certain professionals like sportsmen, police, and military men require intensive care and there are specialized psychologists to deal with them.
The charge of a psychologist ranges between Rs. 700/- and Rs. 1000/-.
Some of the common treatments are therapies. They include:
Acceptance therapy. The basic challenge of mental illness lies with denial. So, through acceptance theory, the specialist encourages the patient to accept the current scenario and deal with it.
Family therapy: A psychologist deals with the issue within a family and guides the members to resolve their differences through open and dynamic communication.
Group therapy: A group of individuals suffering from similar issues are encouraged to share their problems at a common platform. Each member listens to the problems of the others and thus gets the strength to deal with his illness.
Interpersonal therapy: Through the sessions, the patient is encouraged to retrospect and think about the problems he faces. This helps him to realize the root cause of stress and anxiety.
Motivational therapy: This treatment is mostly for the drug, and alcohol addicts and gamblers. Motivational speeches are given without any interview sessions with the patient.