What you need to know about Psychiatry

22 March 2019

What you need to know about Psychiatry

by Dr Sushil Kumar Sompur


3 Top Tips Regarding Psychiatry

Becoming a doctor in and of itself is a great achievement. One thing that is a common denominator in all countries in medical schools is the kind of effort that one needs to put in to become a doctor and to work hard to get through the courses that make you one - a doctor is for life. However, what you chose to do later depends on many factors. The choice of a psychiatry residency or postgraduate training depends on 3 important factors which doctors should consider while getting into the course

1. Are you ready to deal with the mind, of which we know very little and we may not even get close to knowing it all and therefore there may be great dejection if you are a hands-on kind of person

 2. You may not be the right kind of person in psychiatry if you take things personally and let it affect you

 3. Multifaceted personalities exist everywhere and especially so in psychiatry. You need to be resilient and take things by your stride and keep the focus on your patient becoming better.


3 Common Misconceptions Regarding Psychiatry

1. That it is a sham and pseudoscience. This is very far from the truth


2. Psychiatrists and Psychologists are the same. No, Psychiatrists hold medical degrees and can prescribe medications. They can also do various kinds of psychotherapies or counseling that Psychologists (who have a basic degree in arts or higher degrees in philosophy, like MA MPhil PhD PsyD)


3. Psychiatrists cannot read the mind but they do work on intuitively and with logical reasoning. There is a method to our madness if you would like to call it that.


What you don’t know about Psychiatry but should!

1. All psychiatrists hold medical degrees, and outsiders cannot dismiss the basic medical degrees that psychiatrists hold. (Where psychiatrists differ may be the in the biopsychosociocultural formulation since these variables vary quite a bit even in the same country).


2. Like most other specialists, we know quite a lot about our own specialty, however, there is so much more that we do not know and in that way, psychiatry is a very happening specialty.


3. Individual biases exist more in psychiatry than in any other field, partly because of No. 2 above and mostly because of disinterest in understanding of backgrounds and having gotten into psychiatry thinking of it as being a perfect science.


A Short Beginners Introduction To Psychiatry

1. The Mind and Body are interlinked - and the links are quite obvious and quite strong


2. A healthy mind is very essential for a healthy body and vice versa. Neglecting or Ignoring soft symptoms picked up by friends or colleagues could lead you to believe that problems of the mind are only existing in the mind.


3. Psychiatrists may not be your go-to person, it could be anyone who is willing to listen to your problems, however, to get a non-biased and objective understanding of the problem and multiple ways to get to the solution


Top 3 Things I’ve Learned Over the Years Working as a Psychiatrist

1. Listening is as important if not more important than talking.


2. Ask when in doubt, and do not assume. When there are no such options - have multiple differentials in mind and work towards a solution symptomatically and systematically.


3. Your health - both physical and mental health - is very important. Keep working on your health while you help others, to be able to stay in the field for a very long time without burnout



3 Most Popular Things My Clients Ask Me.

1. I am done explaining all that I need to and 9 in 10 patients or their relatives ask if the medications have any "side-effects".


2. Before the above many patients ask if there are any non-medication therapies that work


3. Many clients do not know that I can treat a lot of problems that other doctors cannot treat since they presume Psychiatrist to be "Mental" doctor who treats psychos (and that's just the beginning of the explanation to the stigma attached to Psychiatry)


Why My Clients Come To Me

1. Having patience and listening to all of my clients' concerns before asking my own open-ended questions which many times is very enlightening and brings to patient's or their caregivers' minds ideas or thoughts that they never had before (like a symptom could actually be because of so and so)


2. They get the best treatments possible and they know it. Many of my clients are referred to me for this reason and also by word of mouth since outcomes are absolutely fabulous.


3. Being upfront and straightforward can sometimes be received with some disappointment. However, in most cases, honesty is appreciated, and patients feel more comfortable telling me their stories in detail.



Top 3 Ways Online Consultations Will Help My Clients

1. The doctor-patient ratio in psychiatry is abysmally low. Psychiatrists are also very expensive in the Western World as we know it


2. Many people live in far-flung areas that have no resources to a psychiatrist - and a good one - although they may be well-connected in every sense of the online term


3. A very different way of approach is what is appreciated in cases where their own psychiatrist has failed to deliver or has not co-consulted with another psychiatrist.


About the author


Dr. Sushil Kumar S V launched an independent psychiatric practice for child/paediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric groups as a primary mental health caregiver. Dr. Sushil Kumar effectively uses the internet and web-based consultations to collect and generate information to be able to help his patients and families with the required psycho-education, counselling and start medications or suggest medication changes where appropriate


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