Psychiatry is a branch of science which deals with the analysis, diagnosis, therapies and prevention of mental disorders and behavioral changes. Psychiatry works with various modules including the study of moods, behavioral sciences, and perceptions. Its primary function is to deal with those suffering from depression or mental disorder. It is basically a science which deals with mental issues but it also takes into account biological, physical and cultural perspective.

To deal with psychiatry issues, there must be a doctor called as psychiatrist to help you to sort out the problem. A psychiatrist must be specialized in mental health and he should be intelligent enough to deal with mental disorders.  They treat people or their patient through medications and also by treating them through various psychotherapy sessions.

People tend to seek psychiatrist in Dubai for many reasons. Particularly, for mental illness, including problems such as schizophrenia, panic attacks, hallucinations, suicide attempts, hyper, and anxiety. Other than this, people may sometimes feel depression and hopelessness. Study of psychiatrist usually depends upon such problems and disorders.

Types of psychiatry:

There are few types of general psychiatry; doctors need to get specialized in these fields after getting appropriate experience. They include:

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Adult psychiatry
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Psychosomatic medication
  • Organizational psychiatry
  • Neuro psychiatry

Treatments under Psychiatry:

There are so many treatments that are being observed in psychiatry depending upon the condition of the patient. They include medication, psychosocial techniques and different kinds of psychotherapy sessions.

Psychotherapy is a most common type of treatment; it also called for talking therapy. Doctor and patient establish a conversation relationship which helps the doctor to know about the condition of the patient as well as patient to feel his psychiatrist like a friend share his problems with him. Psychotherapy helps to solve mental disorder and sociocultural difficulties. The major goal of this therapy is to deal with an emotional disability of a patient that hampers his/her progress. Three or four sessions of psychotherapy are required depending on the patient’s situation and mental condition.

There is another kind of therapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy, it helps patient to change his/her behavior. After this, the patient tends to compare the effect of past relationships and experiences on present behaviors. These therapies basic goal is to sort out the mental problems of patients.

Medications:

There are various medicines that are essential for mental recovery; few of them are very common as described below:

Antipsychotic medicines: used for psycho problems like mental disorder, hallucinations, schizophrenia and delusions.

Antidepressants: Basic medication for depression, panic attacks, hyper anxiety and personality disorders.

Sedatives: used for hyper-anxiety and sleeplessness

Hypnotics: the medicine used for insomnia and sleep balance

Other than medication and psychotherapy treatments, there are few other therapies as well that are being used to treat severe mental illness. They are as follows:

  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Magnetic stimulation

Sessions of psychotherapy:

How many psychotherapy sessions would a patient be needed is a question that depends on the situation and condition of his mental illness. Typically, in the first session of psychotherapy, doctor gathers the related information of patient’s mental disorder and his past and present situation.  The psychiatrist may ask his client to fill out the required form, in this way all the information will be pen down on a single page that will help the doctor to deal with his patient effectively. Sometimes, it may take few more sessions for the doctor to know about the patient’s mental and personal situation completely.

The first session will also help patients to know about his psychiatrist that whether he understands his/her condition and mental situation or not. Therefore, the first session of psychotherapy is most needed. While getting to know the therapy, following conditions must be observed:

  • Type of therapy
  • Length of psychotherapy sessions
  • Length of treatment
  • Ultimate goal of psychotherapy

Keep it in mind these factors while checking with your psychiatrist, if you are not satisfied, try some other consultant.

Types of psychotherapy

Depending on the type of person’s mental situation and behavioral changes, psychotherapy may differ in its types. There is a wide range of psychotherapy types for treating the certain disorder and mental illness.  The therapist uses various combinations of techniques and treatment. A psychiatrist in Dubai will best check on your situation and gives the best suitable treatment.

There are some of the types of psychotherapies that can prove to be effective.

Cognitive behavioral therapy:   

This therapy helps to eradicate the negative effects in your personality and replace them with positive and healthy beliefs.

Dialectical Behavior therapy:

DBT helps you to balance your stress level, improve your behavioral skills and maintains your relationship goals.

Psychodynamic therapy:

This therapy treatment will give you the motivation to resolve your mental issues and manage conflicts you are facing. It also brings change in your behavior.

Psychiatry offers different types of psychotherapy by taking into account various therapy sessions and individuals’ mental situation or health.

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Dr Bahjat Balbous
Growing up in Syria, Dr. Bahjat had a real curiosity that he realised would be of great value in the field of psychiatry. With more than 25 years’ of experience, he is one the UAE’s most experienced specialist Psychiatrists. He received his medical degree from Kharkov State Medical Institute in Ukraine in 1981, after which he specialized in Psychiatry from the same university, and then went on to earn a Ph.D from the Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry in 1989. Amongst Dr. Bahjat’s several qualifications, he has earned the Certificate in “QEEG and Neurofeedback”. The…
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