Approach to Mental Health

Mental health is a fragile thing, yet most of us go through our lives without the need to see a psychiatrist. Some struggle with mental health problems without recognising what they are struggling with and spend long periods in unnecessary suffering.

My wish is to help you to distinguish mental illness from more ubiquitous stress and worry and get appropriate help to overcome it. It may require medication or psychological therapy. It may simply need to be recognised and observed for now. Getting to know the enemy may win half the battle.

For example in depression

There are mild, moderate and severe grades of depression based on severity and number of symptoms. The milder grades are best treated by support, counselling and psychotherapy, while physical treatment such as medication are more effective for moderate to severe forms. There are a range of psychotherapy and counselling approaches and a certain fit between the therapist, kind of therapy and patient is required for the treatment to work well. Then there are complications such as existing physical illnesses, medications, behaviours and risks, presenting alongside different notions, beliefs and attitudes towards the condition and its treatment. These make the job of psychiatrists like myself, very interesting and challenging.

I would endeavour to take you through this journey with care and sensitivity, offering the best support and advice individually tailored to you and agreed with you.

I will offer my professional opinion and advice after consultation and work with you to come up with an individually tailored holistic care plan. I will work with your GP, keeping him or her fully informed and offer follow up care where required

I offer a one stop comprehensive assessment and management service for people who are getting concerned about memory problems. I can request MRI brain scans and interpret the results appropriately to arrive at a diagnosis, initiate and monitor treatments for dementia and for associated mental health conditions such as depression, education and aggression that can accompany it.

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