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Psychiatry as a speciality at The Capstone Clinic

At The Capstone Clinic, we are committed to increasing awareness about mental health and related disorders that could affect people at different life stages and at different ages. Under the aegis of our multispeciality clinic, we have been able to rope in some of Chennai’s top psychiatrists to treat patients and counsel their families. Our psychiatrists use all the tools at their disposal to provide comprehensive mental health assessments and treatments that are coordinated by working as a team. We aim to be one of the top rehabilitation centres in India for mental disorders. For instance, our specialists have a proven track record and effective success rate for treating depression. Being a family oriented practice, we are well positioned to offer the right guidance and treatment for patients of all ages, and most importantly do so under absolute confidence and in a comfortable environment. Our specialist doctors leverage their vast experience to suggest proactive measures to mitigate the risk factors of potential mental health disorders.

What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focussed on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders, both in the unconscious and conscious states of mind. The most common psychiatric conditions that we come across are schizophrenia, depression, dementia, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, mania, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. With rising stress levels and competitive pressures of urban living, we have found rising incidence of mental health disorders in young adults and even as early as pre-teen and teenage years. Likewise, women and elders could be at high risk at specific life stages, for instance postpartum disorders in women or after effect of other diseases or treatments in elderly patients. We believe in doing our best to educate our patients and their families about such conditions so that early treatment can be availed.

Psychological diseases are multifactorial and may result from both, acute and chronic causes. Some of such causes/risk factors are:

  • Socioeconomic causes of unemployment, financial insecurity or instability, poverty, stress, and anxiety.
  • Emotional causes such as break-up, death, lack of care, love and attention in children and elderly and so on .
  • Physical causes of chronic illness.
  • Overuse of addictive drugs, substance abuse.
  • Nutritional causes .
Signs and Symptoms

Mental health disorders, unlike any others are typically harder to diagnose as they can be caused by a number of reasons. Many a time, there are many underlying causes and these can manifest as behavioural abnormalities. Some of the most common behavioural abnormalities are as identified by some of the best psychiatrist in India:

  • Extreme forgetfulness.
  • Suicidal tendency or feeling of worthlessness.
  • Apathy to everything and anything including to the most interesting activities done earlier.
  • Extreme mood changes such as sudden crying or laughing without reason.
  • Feeling of guilt or sadness without apparent cause.
  • Withdrawal from the society, family, and friends.
  • Lack of confidence.
  • Fear of unknown or hallucinations (visual or auditory).
Diagnosis

As it may often be difficult to identify the mental disorder that may be causing the symptoms, our psychiatrists in Chennai, spend time with the patient and when required with their families, in trying to understand all the symptoms of the patient. We recognise the need for discretion, confidentiality and our specialists take care to win the trust and confidence of every patient and the support of their families.

Like many other reputed Psychiatry clinic in India, the diagnosis we suggest for mental health disorders include a physical exam, blood tests as required, psychological evaluations (IQ tests, attitude tests, neuropsychological tests, personality tests) and even neuroimaging tests. We believe in investing the required time and effort for each patient, such that we get an accurate diagnosis and therefore help devise the best treatment plan for each patient.

Prevention

Our aim at The Capstone Clinic is to improve awareness and bring in proactive measures to mitigate the risk factors of psychological disorders. We do this by creating awareness of the need for rehabilitation centres for specific mental disorders and by providing mental health education to the public. We strongly believe that while it is important for us to provide supportive care to our patients and their families by being amongst the best psychiatry doctors in Chennai, we also believe that encouraging our patients to participate in the community we live in can dramatically improve the benefits of their treatment. As with all other ailments, early intervention through medication, counselling, and lifestyle modifications are critical in ensuring that mental disorders are diagnosed and treated at the earliest. After all, one’s mental health is as important as physical health and we at The Capstone Clinic are committed to helping every patient live life to the fullest.