A good mental health is a prerequisite for normal day to day functioning of human being. Normal mental health can again be defined as the successful performance of mental functions, in terms of though, mood, and behavior that results in productive activities, fulfilling relationship with others, and ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity.
A mental disorder is an illness with psychological or behavioral manifestations associated with significant distress and impaired functioning caused by a biological, social, psychological, genetic, physical, or chemical disturbance. It is measured in terms of deviation from some normative concept. The other terms used to describe mental illness are psychotic, neurotic, functional mental illness,organic mental illness etc. Putting together in simple words, a mental disorder is a disturbance of
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine which deals with diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of mental disorder patients. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, who are specially trained to assess and treat various psychiatric and psychological problems and they do this by taking a detailed psychiatric/medical history, performing a thorough mental status examination and physical examination. Psychiatrist rarely directly examine the brain which they treat and make treatment decision mainly on the basis of symptoms, signs and psychiatric/physical examination. All psychiatrists are trained in psychiatric evaluation, can conduct physical examinations, order and interpret laboratory tests, prescribe medication and provide psychotherapy.
It consists of the following major steps as mentioned below and the information is gathered from the patient as well as the nearest relative depending on whether the patient is psychotic or non psychotic.
According to Wikipedia "Telepsychiatry is the application of Telemedicine to the field of Psychiatry and for its successful implementation there is a need for only a good videoconferencing facility between the patient and the psychiatrist, All that is needed is an internet connection, a webcam and a speaker for audio-video consultation." In Telepsychiatry, location is immaterial, as both the patient and doctors need not to be at the same place.
This website is for patients who are not having an easy access to their Psychiatrist. Our experts welcome questions in every mental health field including that of information regarding Psychiatric illness like Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia,Bipolar disorder, ADHD,other psychological disorders, Drugs abuse, questions related to Medicines, second opinion about diagnosis and treatment etc.