Common questions people ask about depression and mental health disorders and Finding a good psychiatrist in Mumbai

Questions to Ask about Depression & Mental Health Disorders

Seeking help for your mental health as early as possible can make a big difference. Let’s have a look at some of the most frequently asked questions people ask about mental illnesses

  • What causes mental illness?
    There is no one known source to any particular mental illness. Studies suggests a complex combination of nature and nurture like genetic predispositions, organic causes, psychosocial and environmental factors playing a role in leading to a mental illness.
  • Can people with mental health disorder be cured?
    Just like some physical illnesses cannot be cured but treated same way there’s no one cure for mental illness, but there are lots of effective treatments. Early identification, consistent treatment with careful monitoring and management of the disorder, it is possible to live a fulfilled and productive life.
  • How to help someone who appears to have the symptoms of a mental health disorder?
    Firstly, don’t assume that the issue will get resolved and the individual will just get over it and move on. Check in with them, be available and provide a safe listening space and avoid jumping to conclusions. Help them with the options available and support them by speaking to a mental health professional. It could encourage them to seek help knowing they have your non-judgemental support.
  • Any warning signs of mental illness? What are the symptoms of depression?Warning signs for all the mental health disorders vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. Any changes that impair your daily functioning would be a starting point to check for other red flags. The symptoms of any mental health disorder could be manifesting in different ways for every individual.
    Some of most common signs for depression are low moods or sadness, loss of interest in daily activities, hopelessness, poor appetite, low energy and could also have suicidal ideations. Knowing an individual exhibits these symptoms isn’t enough to diagnose with depression unless evaluated and confirmed by a Mental health professional.
  • Difference between being depressed and just feeling sad?
    Sadness is a symptom of depression but Typically, the feeling of sadness lessons with time. Depression, however, differs from sadness in its duration and intensity. The period of time and consistency with which depression is experienced impairs the daily functioning in all areas of our life. It unlike just a feeling of sadness, depression doesn’t pass it could debilitate your life more if no help is received.

Also read: Psychiatric Counselling in Mumbai

  • If someone is rich and has everything they can’t be depressed?
    Depression isn’t selective. Despite a common myth a mental health disorder affects an individual regardless of socio-economic status.
  • What is the difference between mental health professionals?
    There are many types of mental health professionals and that could get confusing. It is important to know each have various levels of education, training, experience and may have different areas of expertise. It’s important to point out that psychiatrists are different from other mental health professionals. As a licensed medical doctor, they can prescribe medication, unlike psychologists and other therapists.

    Finding a good psychiatrist

It is important to understand a psychiatrist’s role before you begin the search. A Psychiatrists assess all of your mental and physical symptoms. Evaluate those symptoms and on the basis of that make a diagnosis. Collaboratively suggest a treatment plan which could involve prescribing medications depending on the symptoms and the Psychiatrist’s clinical judgment.

Here are some aspects to consider and steps to take in choosing a psychiatrist who could be a good fit for you. At the root of it all mainly being open and patient with the process.The first step begins with knowing your own priorities and keeping clear needs in mind. Asking for referrals from a doctor or a trusted professional.

A checklist of things to look out for a psychiatrist could help make the process easier like suggested below:
-the age groups they work with,
-the type of various mental health disorders they have worked and currently work with,
- their years of experience and their credentials
-the type of certifications and trainings completed by them
-any authentic feedback or reviews
-the modes of conducting sessions (Online services or in person sessions)
-the location, if that is something that would hinder your process of going for regular follow-ups.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions it is integral to the therapeutic process that you feel assured that the psychiatrist is attuned to your issues, symptoms, and treatment needs.

Finding a “good” psychiatrist is different for each person. A psychiatrist who makes you feel comfortable may take a little time but don’t give up!

Studies suggest depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide, followed by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This tells us how much we need to seek and have access to mental health professionals.

At Mpower-The Centre, Mumbai you could find a psychiatrist who can relate to and understand your perspective.

Jenisha Shah
Clinical Psychologist and Therapeutic Movement Facilitator
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