Do you believe that you may need to seek psychiatric treatment for a mental health condition that is affecting your life? If so, the best way of receiving a definitive answer to your questions is by expressing your concerns to your psychologist or general practitioner. That being said, this blog post is intended to be a quick summary of a few of the mental health conditions most commonly treated by psychiatrists.
Mental Health Conditions Effectively Treated by Psychiatrists
Anxiety. This is normally manifested through “excessive uneasiness,” which is often times unrelated or disproportionate to the stressors in one’s life and environment. For example, it is normal to feel nervous before taking a big test, but someone who feels that same level of anxiety on a regular basis should probably seek counseling or psychiatric support. Anxiety is sometimes accompanied with panic attacks or compulsive behavior brought on by the overall sense of apprehension.
Depression. This condition is sometimes misunderstood, because “depression” is oftentimes used informally to refer to sadness. Clinical depression sometimes manifests itself through sadness; however, it comes with a persistent a lack of energy and loss of interest in daily life that carry from one day to the next.
Manic and Bipolar Disorders. Mania is defined as a condition that causes an “abnormally elated mental state, typically characterized by feelings of euphoria, lack of inhibitions, racing thoughts, diminished need for sleep, talkativeness, risk taking, and irritability.” Bipolar disorder involves swings from mania to depression. A psychiatrist can help you control these symptoms through medication and other therapy options.
Schizophrenia. Another frequently misunderstood condition, schizophrenia can cause hallucinations and delusions in some situations. Most people who are schizophrenic have long periods of wellness interspersed with “episodes” of symptomatic behavior. If you suffer from schizophrenia, a psychiatrist can help you to reduce the incidence of episodes, and control your symptoms when such moments do occur.
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